Christopher Columbus makes his first landing in the Western Hemisphere in the Bahamas.
A group of English and Bermudan religious refugees form the first permanent European settlement in the Bahamas.
The Bahamas become a British crown colony.
A free trade area is formed in Freeport, bringing tourists and banking to the city.
The Bahamas become completely independent.
Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne sweep through the island, causing widespread damage.