The Bahamas

Bahamas Flag

 

Bahamas on World Map

Continent – North America

Region – Caribbean

Size – 13,940 km²

Geography – 700+ islands mostly flat, with some hills

Language – English, Creole

Religion – 35.4% Baptist, 15.1% Anglican, 13.5% Roman Catholic, other Christian religions

Monetary Unit – Dollar

Natural Resources – salt, aragonite, timber, arable land

Agriculture – citrus, vegetables; poultry

Industry – tourism, banking, cement, oil transshipment, salt, rum, aragonite, pharmaceuticals, spiral-welded steel pipe

Bahamas Map

Neighbouring Countries – none – island group

Population – 321,834 (2014)

Population Growth Rate – 0.6%

Average Life Expectancy – 65.6

Capital City – Nassau (population 248,948)

Highest Mountain – No mountains, highest point – Mount Alvernia (63 m)

Longest River – No major rivers

Climate – Constant temperatures year round 19°C to 31°C

Yearly Rainfall – 120 cm approx mostly during the wet season May – October

 

Plant Life – bull vine, wild grape, fig, bromeliad, tamarind, plum, mangrove, sugar cane, seagrape, breadfruit, pineapple, mango, banana, coconut, passion flower, honeysuckle, jasmine

Animal Life – racoon, hutia, donkey, wild boar, horse, iguana, lizard, gecko, terrapin, frog

Bird Life – flamingo, parrot, tern, frigate bird, hummingbird

Aquatic Life – whale, dolphin, sea turtle, lobster, crab, prawn, oyster, snapper, marlin, sailfish and tuna

 

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Bahamas. Available: http://www.naturalhistoryonthenet.com/Facts_Figures/Country_Facts/bahamas.htm. Last accessed Monday, July 18, 2016

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