Commonwealth of The Bahamas
  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Key Historical Events. The Bahamas were discovered by Columbus in 1492 but the Spanish did not make a permanent settlement. British settlers arrived in the 17th century and it was occupied by Britain, except for a short period in the 18th century, until it gained independence. Internal self-government with cabinet responsibility was introduced on 7 Jan. 1964 and full independence achieved on 10 July 1973.


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Further Reading

  1. Albury, P., The Story of The Bahamas. London, 1975.—Paradise Island Story. London, 1984Google Scholar
  2. Boultbee, P. G., Bahamas. (Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara, 1989Google Scholar
  3. Cash, P., et al., Sources of Bahamian History. London, 1991Google Scholar
  4. Craton, M. and Saunders, G., Islanders in the Stream: a History of the Bahamian People. vol. 1. Univ. of Georgia Press, 1992Google Scholar
  5. Hughes, C. A., Race and Politics in The Bahamas. Univ. of Queensland Press, 1981Google Scholar
  6. Hunte, G., The Bahamas. London, 1975Google Scholar

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