When your home resembles paradise, it’s pretty easy to see why so many Bahamians have a laid-back attitude. In general, we like to say, let’s worry about the bad things tomorrow. So today, we embrace life with a warm smile. We are a humble people who love to celebrate. Weddings and funerals are both important social events here. It is an opportunity to celebrate the new life starting and the life lived. Bahamians take great pride in our storied past.
The majority of Bahamians live on New Providence Island, home of our capital city, Nassau. Here, you will find most are of West African descent whose ancestors were enslaved and brought here to work on cotton plantations. The majority of our other residents are descendants of English settlers. Some are even related to Loyalists who fled the southern U.S. during the American Revolution.
When Britain abolished slavery in 1834, life here on our islands changed dramatically. Plantation life ended and locals tried their hand at sponging, fishing or farming. Our lack of fertile cropland led our people to become a nation of seafarers.