A Short History of Bahamas
One of the islands, now called San Salvador, is probably where Chris Columbus first set foot in the Americas in 1492, and in the process ruined the lives of the indigenous people, the Lucayans, by shipping them off to slavery, disease and death in Hispaniola.
The country has been British-oriented since 1718 when the Royal Navy was sent to discourage pirates – including the notorious Blackbeard – from pillaging Her Majesty’s ships. The Bahamas was one of the pirate bases but soon became a crown colony and was well-placed to intercept and disrupt pirate attacks.
During the American War of Independence US marines briefly occupied Nassau, capital of The Bahamas and later Loyalists and their slaves fled there at the end of the war. Slave trade was abolished by the British in 1807 and thousands of slaves liberated by the Royal Navy from slave ships were released onto The Bahamas. The islands remained British until full indpendence in 1973.