Happy Independence, Bahamas!
- British settlers arrived in the Bahamas as far back as 1647. Read this to learn about why the islands were empty from between the time Christopher Columbus left and the British arrived.
- Empty except for all the pirates, that is!
- In 1973, Independence was gained for the Bahamas. I didn’t realize there were papers for this sort of thing, but the British “delivered the official documents” to the late Prime Minister Lynden Pindling, of Nassau.
- The Bahamian flag represents the sand of the beach between the sea and the sky. The black arrow represents the strength and determination of the Bahamian people.
- There are people alive here who remember when the Bahamas were not independent. Maybe that’s a naive thing to be impressed about, but I think it’s pretty neat.
While researching this history, I ran across a press statement issued *today* by John Kerry, US Secretary of State. I have to share it.
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas as you celebrate 42 years of independence on July 10.
The Bahamas is a trusted partner and friend. Your country’s abundant natural beauty is why Americans, such as Ernest Hemingway and Martin Luther King, Jr., flock to your shores. And it is why more than six million Americans follow in their footsteps each year….The United States is a committed partner in working to build a safer and more prosperous Bahamas.
On this day of celebration, I wish all Bahamians a joyful Independence Day.
One final thing –
The 3rd country that’s currently in my life is also celebrating their Independence this week (Argentina!). So what’s up with July? Is there something *revolutionary* in the air this time of year? USA – July 4, Argentina – July 9, Bahamas – July 10