Bahamas: History

  1. 1492

    Christopher Columbus makes his first landing 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. 1955

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

  5. 1973

    The Bahamas become completely independent.

  6. 2004

    Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne sweep through the island, causing widespread damage.


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