Bahamas - The Traveller


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Thursday, October 6, 2011


The Bahamas is America! Here, October 12, 1492, that Christopher Columbus first set foot in the New World. Where exactly? The subject is debated, but the island's most serious candidate is named San Salvador, east of the archipelago. The shallows surrounding seem to be responsible for the names of the Bahamas, Islas de Baja Mar ("islands of the sea bass").
Islands? There are no less than 2700 if you count every piece of land emerged a little bit. A rainbow sky of flat land, fringed with beaches and coconut trees, planted in dry forest and mangroves, coral reefs identified by one of the largest in the world.

The Bahamas is just two countries in one. On the one hand the luxury of Nassau and Freeport, with their hordes of tourists, their cruise ships and beach resorts to exorbitant rates. On the other, the outer islands, aka Family Islands, where the pace is easy, the pace of trade winds and masses. The attractions here boil down to the sea, nature, protected by several parks.

The british long reign, the Bahamas is the imprint of Puritan and Loyalist settlers, whose descendants live in charming villages with wooden houses. Some forts and guns remember the glory days of the race when, in 1700, the pirates led to the destiny of the islands. Plantations in ruins evoke the days of slavery. Remains as a host invariably - incredibly - warm.

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