Bahamas

Region: Caribbean

Capital: Nassau

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 1973

New 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
Fax: (212)-759-2135
E-mail: mission@bahamasny.com
Website: http://www.un.int/bahamas

Background:

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.

Sources:

World Bank. (2017, May 2). 
 
World Bank. (2017, May 2). World bank open data.

Updated May 2017