|Bahamas or Bahama Islands (bəˈhɑːməz)|
|the Bahamas a group of over 700 coral islands (about 20 of which are inhabited) in the Caribbean: a British colony from 1783 until 1964; an independent nation within the Commonwealth from 1973. Language: English. Currency: Bahamian dollar. Capital: Nassau. Pop: 317 000 (2004 est). Area: 13 939 sq km (5381 sq miles)|
|Bahama Islands or Bahama Islands|
Note: The Bahamas were under the control of Britain until 1973, when they became an independent, self-governing state.
Note: The Bahamas are a popular winter resort.