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THE BAHAMAS (1940s)
The Bahamas...
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Where better to be posted during WW2 than the Bahamas? It's a perfect paradise of sun, sea and sand, with English as its official language.

Some seven hundred islands make up the Bahamas, along with more than 2,000 uninhabited islets. Peppered with palm trees, parrots, pigeons, dolphins, sharks, manatees, turtles and myriad more exotic wildlife, the islands boast an eclectic variety of fauna and flora.

Palm Tree, Nassau
Public DomainPalm Tree, Nassau - Credit: Albert Bierstadt

The Bahamas were the first point of landfall for Christopher Columbus in 1492, although the islands were never colonized by the Spanish.  The name comes from the Spanish for 'Shallow Water'.  The Bahamas were made a British crown colony in 1718.

The capital, Nassau, lies at the heart of the islands, with the Exumas stretching out in a southeasterly direction and Grand Bahama Island and The Abacos to the north. The large island of Andros, with the Andros Barrier Reef, lies to the west of Nassau.

Nassau is the biggest city in the Bahamas. It is part of New Providence island and is connected to Paradise Island by two bridges. In Nassau, Georgian architecture sits alongside more modern buildings. There is a natural harbour, which would have been used by LMS and his crew during their stint on the island.

English speaking, the people of the Bahamas are predominantly of African origin (c.85%). Over half the population lives on New Providence Island.

The islands gained independence from Britain in 1973 but remain part of the British Commonwealth, with an appointed Governor-General who represents the head of state, Queen Elizabeth II.

 

Parliament of the Bahamas, located in downtown Nassau, is the meeting place of the two houses of the Bahamian Parliament.
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeParliament of the Bahamas, located in downtown Nassau, is the meeting place of the two houses of the Bahamian Parliament. - Credit: UpstateNYer