Bahamas: History

  1. 1492

    Christopher Columbus makes his first landfall in the Western Hemisphere in the Bahamas.

  2. 1647

    A group of English and Bermudan religious refugees form the first permanent European settlement in the Bahamas.

  3. 1717

    The Bahamas become a British crown colony.

  4. 1834

    Slavery is outlawed in the British Empire, meaning all the slaves in the Bahamas are freed.

  5. 1955

    A free trade area is formed in Freeport, bringing tourists and banking to the city.

  6. 1973

    The Bahamas become completely independent.

  7. 1983

    Accusations of drug trafficking are levied against leaders in the government.


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