Bahamas

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Bahamian Fact 1 (June 28–July 4, 2009)

Christopher Columbus “discovered” America by landing in the Bahamas in 1492.

Bahamian Fact 2 (July 5–July 11, 2009)

This week, on July 10th, the Bahamas celebrate their independence from the United Kingdom in 1973.

Bahamian Fact 3 (July 12–July 18, 2009)

In addition to the Bahamas major industries of tourism and banking, they also produce rum and spiral-welded steel pipe (sheet metal rolled up, and welded into a pipe, like a paper towel tube).

Bahamian Fact 4 (July 19–July 25, 2009)

Bahamians import 72,420 barrels of oil per day, using 34,000 of them, and then shipping out the rest.

Bahamian Fact 5 (July 26–Aug. 1, 2009)

There are 1,223 ships in the Bahamas’ merchant marine.  That’s the sixth largest in the world, and the second largest in the Western Hemisphere, behind Panama.