The Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Area and Population. The Commonwealth of the Bahamas consists of more than 30 inhabited and many uninhabited cays and rocks off the S.E. coast of Florida. They are the surface protuberances of two oceanic banks, the Little Bahama Bank and the Great Bahama Bank. Of the group, about 700 areas might be classified as islands: the rest only as rocks. Land area, 5.386 1/4 sq. miles (13,950 sq. km). The total rainfall (New Providence) in 1969 was 54·52 in. ; highest in June (20·35 in.). Average winter temperature, 69·9° F. (21·1° C); average summer temperature, 82·8° F. (28·2° C).
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