Bahamas consists of about 700 islands and numerous cays. Area: 5,382 sq mi (13,939 sq km). Population (2009 est.): 342,000. Capital: Nassau (on New Providence Island). The people are of African and European ancestry, a legacy of the slave trade. Language: English (official). Religion: Christianity (mostly Protestant; also Roman Catholic, other Christians). Currency: Bahamian dollar. Chief among the islands, from north to south, are Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera, New Providence, Andros, Cat, and Inagua; New Providence has most of the population. All are composed of coralline limestone and lie mostly only a few feet above sea level; the highest point is Mount Alvernia (206 ft [63 m]) on Cat Island. There are no rivers. The country’s market economy is heavily dependent on tourism, for which gambling is a particular attraction, and on international financial services. Most foodstuffs are imported from the U.S.; fish and rum are significant exports.
Mrs. Gwendolyn Hammerton
Assistant Director of Agriculture
Ministry of Agriculture,
Marine Resources and Local Government
PO Box N 2038
Tel: 242 325 7502 Fax: 242 325 3960