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Start Date: July 29
End Date: August 11 at 11:59pm Central Time
Challenges for The Bahamas can be found:
Bahamas Pirate Challenge
Bahamas Fruit Challenge
Festival RumBahamas Challenge
All approved regional recipes can be found below.
The Lucayan Archipelago, also known as the Bahamas Archipelago, is an island group comprised of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The archipelago is in the western North Atlantic Ocean, north of the Antilles, and east and southeast of Florida. It is made up of more than 700 islands, islets, cays and rocks but only 29 of the islands are inhabited.
Because the nations of the Bahamas Archipelago do not border the Caribbean Sea, they are technically part of the West Indies (specifically the British West Indies) but not the Caribbean. They are, however, often grouped with Caribbean nations for convenience.
Columbus's first landfall in the New World was on an island he named San Salvador (known to the Lucayan as Guanahani). Some researchers believe this site to be present-day San Salvador Island (formerly known as Watling's Island), situated in the southeastern Bahamas.
At that time, the islands were inhabited by the Lucayan, a branch of the Arawakan-speaking Taino people. Although the Spanish never colonized the Bahamas, they shipped the native Lucayans to slavery in Hispaniola. The islands were mostly deserted from 1513 until 1648, when English colonists from Bermuda settled on the island of Eleuthera.
The Bahamas became a British Crown colony in 1718, when the British clamped down on piracy. After the American War of Independence, the Crown resettled thousands of American Loyalists in the Bahamas; they brought their slaves with them and established plantations on land grants. Africans constituted the majority of the population from this period. The Bahamas became a haven for freed African slaves: the Royal Navy resettled Africans here liberated from illegal slave ships; American slaves and Seminoles escaped here from Florida; and the government freed American slaves carried on United States domestic ships that had reached the Bahamas due to weather. Slavery in the Bahamas was abolished in 1834. Today the descendants of slaves and free Africans make up nearly 90% of the population.
The Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1973, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch.
The climate of the Bahamas is tropical savannah climate (a type of climate that has a monthly mean temperature above 18 °C (64 °F) in every month of the year and typically a pronounced dry season). As such, there has never been a frost or freeze reported in the Bahamas, although every few decades low temperatures can fall into the 3–5 °C (37–41 °F) range for a few hours when a severe cold outbreak comes off the North American landmass. As with most tropical climates, seasonal rainfall follows the sun, and summer is the wettest season. The Bahamas are often sunny and dry for long periods of time, and average more than 3,000 hours or 340 days of sunlight annually.
The Bahamas' culture is a very unique and diverse one. Different inhabitants from the native Lucayans, English, Americans, Africans and people from other Caribbean islands all contributed to the unique culture that the Bahamas have today.
Music is a vital part of Bahamas' culture, and their music is largely associated with Junkanoo, a celebration that occurs on Boxing Day (December 26) and on New Year's Day (January 1). It is a type of street carnival with parades which are characterized by spectacular costumes made of crepe paper and powerful rhythms beaten traditionally on goombay drums (goatskin) as well as rich brass bands and shaking cow bells. Bahamian music also incorporates Caribbean forms such as calypso, Trinidadian soca and Jamaican reggae.
Calypso and Rake 'n' Scrape singers and bands such as Baha Men have gained popularity in Japan, the United States and elsewhere.
The Bahamas relies on tourism to generate most of its economic activity. Tourism as an industry not only accounts for over 60% of the Bahamian GDP, but provides jobs for more than half the country's workforce. The Bahamas attracted 5.8 million visitors in 2012, more than 70% of which were cruise visitors.Traditional crafts include straw work and weaving, creating beautiful hats and baskets. This skill was useful when Bahamians led subsistence lifestyles, with baskets being used for carrying fruit and fishing traps. Today, straw work and wood carvings are produced and sold to tourists in Nassau's Straw Market.
Beautiful landscapes and the vibrant houses and peoples of the Bahamian archipelago have inspired many artists, both native and foreign to create beautiful and colorful canvas art. Hand carvings from coral art and natural stone are cultivated from naturally occurring reef break-offs, beach erosions, outcrops, and smooth rocks. These arts are also sold to tourists throughout the islands.
Bahamian food is an eclectic combination of southern American (think cornbread, peas, and rice) and Caribbean (think spicy seafood) styles. What sets Bahamian cuisine apart, however, is the islands' love of spices. Properly spicing a dish is critical to Bahamian cuisine to create the ideal flavoring and coloring of some of the most popular of dishes. The cuisine is described in more detail in the Recipe Collection Depot.
When beach lovers dream about the perfect stretch of powdery sand, lapped by seas in sublime shades of blue, they might be dreaming about the Bahamas. It was once a haven for pirates and Loyalists, but now the islands are a playground for the rich and famous, and anyone who enjoys world-class fishing, boating, diving, snorkeling, and sailing.
Nassau, the nation's capital, on New Providence Island, attracts the most tourists. This bustling cruise port is a glitzy mix of mega resorts, shops, restaurants, and entertainment complexes. Grand Bahama Island follows in second place. The other islands, affectionately called the Family Islands or Out Islands, cluster into groups, each with its own distinct character and charm and offer many other attractions for travelers. These peaceful islands are dotted with sleepy fishing villages and secluded beaches, and many are rimmed by pristine coral reefs. From the big game fishing of Bimini, and the pink sand beaches of Harbour Island, to bonefishing, regattas, and uncrowded outer cays, it's hard to beat the Bahamas.
We hope that you enjoy your virtual visit to The Bahamas and all it has to offer.
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