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


HISTORY. 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. Bahamas Handbook and Businessman’s , Annual (Annual)Google Scholar
  2. Albury, P., The Story of the Bahamas. London, 1975.Google Scholar
  3. Albury, P., Paradise Island Story. London, 1984Google Scholar
  4. Barrett, P. J. Hx., Grand Bahama. London, 1982Google Scholar
  5. Boultbee, P. G., Bahamas. [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara, 1989Google Scholar
  6. Craton, M. A., A History of the Bahamas. London, 1962Google Scholar
  7. Hughes, C. A., Race and Politics in the Bahamas. Univ. of Queensland Press, 1981Google Scholar
  8. Hunte, G., The Bahamas. London, 1975Google Scholar
  9. Stevenson, C. St. J., The Bahamas Reference Annual. AnnualGoogle Scholar
  10. Library: Nassau Public Library.Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1991

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  • Brian Hunter

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