|Arawak Indians inhabited the islands when
Christopher Columbus first
set foot in the New World on San Salvador in 1492. The British settled
of the islands in 1647 and the islands became a colony of Britain in
Since gaining their independence from the United Kingdom (Great
Britain) in 1973, The Bahamas have
prospered mostly through tourism, with help from it's banks and
The Flag: The golden sands of the 700 Bahamian islands are reflected in the center of the flag, while the aquamarine stripes bring to mind the various shades of ocean waters around those islands. The black triangle indicates the unity of the Bahamian people in their determination to develop the resources of both land and sea.