Population: 388,019 (2015 World Bank est.)
Currency: Bahamian dollar (BSD)
GDP (current US$): 8.854Billion (2015 World Bank est.)
United Nations membership date: 18 September 1973New York Mission: Permanent Mission of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas to the United Nations
231 East 46th Street
New York, N.Y. 10017 USA
Telephone: (212)-421-6925, -6926, -6929
Lucayan Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the New World on San Salvador in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas have prospered through tourism and international banking and investment management.