first established community in the Bahamas were the seafairing Taino
The Taino people moved to the Southern Bahamas around the 7th century
from Cuba and Hispaniola. They later became known as the Lucayans.
Upon Columbus'arrival in 1492, there were estimated 40,000 or more
Lucayans residing in the Bahamas.
Lucayans were later taken to Hispaniola as slaves; and within two
decades, Lucayan societies ceased to exist due to forced labor,
warfare, and disease. After this, the Bahamian islands were virtuallly
unoccupied until English settlers led by Willian Sayle came from
Bermuda seeking religious freedom in 1647.
The Bahamas became
a British crown colony in 1717. The British made the islands
internally self-governing in 1964. In 1973, the Bahamas became fully
independent, but retained membership in the Commonwealth of Nations.
In 1967, Lynden Pindling became the first black premier of the colony,
and in 1968 became Prime Minister.
Updated: 29 February 2008