The Bahamas include 700 islands, 30 of which are inhabited. The islands sit in the Atlantic Ocean between Florida and Haiti. Nearly 4 million tourists visit the Bahamas every year for the islands’ beautiful beaches, breathtaking scenery, snorkeling and fishing. If you visit the Bahamas at Christmas time, you might see a parade, featuring Junkanoo, a traditional form of music and dance. You’ll see people playing drums and cowbells or wearing brightly-colored costumes.
Christopher Columbus first set foot on the islands in 1492. At that time, the Arawak Indians were the only people living there. Today, most of the people living in the Bahamas are descendants of African slaves. The Bahamas were a British Commonwealth for many years, but gained independence in 1973.
Fun Facts about Bahamas for Kids
- 319,000 people live in the Bahamas.
- The Bahamas consists of 700 islands and 5,382 square miles of land.
- People here speak English or Creole.
- Most people are Roman Catholic, Protestant or Baptist.
- People in the Bahamas can expect to live 72 years.
- 96 percent of adults can read.
- Inhabited: populated by people
- Breathtaking: takes your breath away
Learn More All About Bahamas
Watch this awesome Bahamas video for kids:
This is a video interview about the culture and origin of Bahamas.
Question: Pirates? There were pirates in the Bahamas?
Answer: Pirates loved the Bahamas and often buried treasure on the islands or lived there when they weren’t wreaking havoc on other ships. Two women pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read, were among the pirates famous in the Bahamas.
Map of Bahamas
Here’s a map of the country of Bahamas and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around Bahamas! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of Bahamas, as though you are actually there!
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