, the capital of the Bahamas, was once occupied by the infamous Blackbeard and his fellow pirates in the early 1700s. It is situated on New Providence Island.
The annual celebration of kicks off before dawn on Dec. 26, and then resurfaces in the wee hours of New Year’s Day. What began as a slave holiday during Christmas time is now an all-out carnival extravaganza.
In 1973, the Bahamas gained its independence after more than 300 years as a colony.
Scientists have assembled a 1,500-year record of hurricanes by retrieving sediment from submarine caverns in the Bahamas known as .