Every year on July 10th, the Bahamas celebrates their country’s independence. But this year was extra special as the Bahamas celebrates 50 years of independence.
Secretary General Doctor Carla Barnett extended her congratulations to the people and the government of the Bahamas for their special occasion.
“Honourable Prime Minister, on behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), I extend heartfelt congratulations to the Government and People of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on your 50th Anniversary of Independence, being celebrated under the theme, “One Nation. Our Legacy. Our Future.”
The Bahamas’ history goes back to the dates of Christopher Columbus. From his discovery of the island, the first settlement in 1649, buildings were being created in the 1780s by American colonists loyal to Britain. Then from 1861 to 1865, the Bahamas benefited greatly from the Civil War. Goods were traded, like cotton, for British goods. Once returned, they sold their shipments for a significant profit.
In 1898 The Hotel and Steam Ship Service Act of 1898 opened its doors to the world. This act made it possible to support the government in the construction of buildings and hotels.
Once the prohibition of alcohol ended in 1934 and the collapse of the sponge docks, the Bahamas was economically devastated.
In July of 1973, the Bahamas gained its independence. Since then, it has been making remarkable social and economic growth and has become a beacon of progress in the Caribbean.
The United Kingdom Government gave the Bahamas its independence with an order of council dated June 20th, 1973. It came into force on July 10th, 1973.
Prince Charles delivered the news to Prime Minister Lynden Pindling.
As We Advance in The Bahamas
Tourism here in the Bahamas has been popular for years and years. The Bahamian Government has just signed an agreement for the island to add another cruise terminal so they can continue to welcome all travelers to the beautiful island that gained its independence 50 years ago!
“I am pleased, on behalf of the Community, to extend best wishes for the continued development, prosperity, and well-being of the Bahamian people on this Fiftieth Anniversary of Independence.” Said Secretary-General.
CITED: today.caricom.org, bahamas.com, cruisehive.com