Bahama Islands

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 (bə-hä′məz) also Ba·ha·ma Islands (-mə)
An island country in the Atlantic Ocean east of Florida and Cuba comprising some 700 islands and islets and numerous cays. The country gained its independence from Great Britain in 1973. Nassau, on New Providence Island, is the capital and the largest city.

Ba·ha′mi·an (-hā′mē-ən, -hä′-), Ba·ha′man (-hä′mən, -hā′-) adj. & n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Bahama Islands - island country in the Atlantic to the east of Florida and CubaBahama Islands - island country in the Atlantic to the east of Florida and Cuba; a popular winter resort
OAS, Organization of American States - an association including most countries in the western hemisphere; created in 1948 to promote military and economic and social and cultural cooperation
Caribbean - region including the Caribbean Islands
the Indies, West Indies - the string of islands between North America and South America; a popular resort area
capital of the Bahamas, Nassau - the capital of the Bahamas
Bahamian - a native or inhabitant of the Bahamas
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In the year 1684 he happened to hear of a Spanish ship which had been cast away near the Bahama Islands, and which was supposed to contain a great deal of gold and silver.
They told us they expected to have seen the Bahama Islands, but were then driven away again to the south-east, by a strong gale of wind at NNW.
The status of Chuck-will's-widow in the Bahama Islands remains unclear.
In 1647 the Company of Eleutheran Adventurers, founded the first republic in the New World, in order to colonize the Bahama Islands and claim them for Great Britain.
In Nassau, the capital of the Bahama Islands, Bond-inspired escapades range from daring deep-sea dives to cavorting in his chic penthouse, and can be experienced vicariously through the British Colonial Hilton's three-night "Live and Let Dive" package.