The Commonwealth of the Bahamas
AREA AND POPULATION. The Commonwealth of the Bahamas consists of 700 islands and more than 1,000 cays 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. Land area, 5,386·25 sq. miles (13,590 sq. km). The total rainfall (New Providence) in 1972 was 48·57 in.; highest in July (10·01 in.). Average winter temperature, 699° F. (211° C); average summer temperature, 82·8° F. (28·2° C).
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