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Here are some interesting facts about The Bahamas - Category: Introduction - Background: Lucayan Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher COLUMBUS first set foot in the New World on San Salvador in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas have prospered through tourism and international banking and investment management. Because of its geography, the country is a major transshipment point for illegal drugs, particularly shipments to the US and Europe, and its territory is used for smuggling illegal migrants into the US.

Category: Government - Political pressure groups and leaders: Friends of the Environment; other: trade unions

Category: People - HIV/AIDS - deaths: fewer than 200 (2003 estimate)

Category: Economy - Oil - exports (bbl/day): transshipments of 38,740 bbl/day (2005)

Category: Geography - Irrigated land (sq km): 10 sq km (2003)

Category: Transportation - Merchant marine: total: 1,223; by type: barge carrier 1, bulk carrier 210, cargo 226, carrier 2, chemical tanker 88, combination ore/oil 12, container 65, liquefied gas 77, passenger 109, passenger/cargo 35, petroleum tanker 209, refrigerated cargo 119, roll on/roll off 16, specialized tanker 3, vehicle carrier 51; foreign-owned: 1,150 (Angola 6, Belgium 15, Bermuda 12, Brazil 2, Canada 84, China 10, Croatia 1, Cuba 1, Cyprus 25, Denmark 67, Finland 9, France 30, Germany 44, Greece 209, Hong Kong 30, Iceland 1, Indonesia 2, Ireland 2, Isle of Man 1, Italy 4, Japan 87, Jordan 2, Kenya 1, Malaysia 13, Monaco 15, Montenegro 2, Netherlands 9, Nigeria 2, Norway 189, Poland 17, Russia 4, Saudi Arabia 16, Singapore 17, Slovenia 1, South Africa 1, Spain 14, Sweden 4, Switzerland 1, Thailand 5, Trinidad and Tobago 1, Turkey 8, UAE 23, UK 56, US 106, Venezuela 1); registered in other countries: 12 (Bolivia 1, Panama 9, Peru 1, Portugal 1) (2008)

Category: Communications - Radio broadcast stations: AM 3, FM 5, shortwave 0 (2006)

Category: Military - Military branches: Royal Bahamian Defense Force: Land Force, Navy, Air Wing (2009)

Category: Transnational Issues - Illicit drugs: transshipment point for cocaine and marijuana bound for US and Europe; offshore financial center

Other random facts about The Bahamas 

  1. Military - Manpower available for military service: males age 16-49: 80,200 (2008 estimate)

  2. People - Languages (%): English (official), Creole (among Haitian immigrants)

  3. Communications - Telephones - main lines in use: 132,900 (2007)

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2028.html