• Christopher Columbus makes his first landing in the Western Hemisphere in the Bahamas.

  • A group of English and Bermudan religious refugees forms 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.


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