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Encyclopedia > Nassau, Bahamas
Map of the Bahamas show Nassau
Map of the Bahamas show Nassau
Country Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Island New Providence
Rebuilt/Renamed 1695
Population (2000)
 - City 210,832

Nassau is the capital city and commercial centre of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The city has a population of 210,832 (2000 census), nearly 70 percent of the entire population of the Bahamas (303,611). Lynden Pindling International Airport, the major airport for the Bahamas, is located about 16 kilometres or 10 miles west of downtown Nassau, and has daily flights to major cities in the USA, Canada, the UK, and the Caribbean. The city functions much like a federal district, as their is no local government of the island, and it's governed, directly, by the government. Image File history File links Bf-map. ... (This article is about the island in the Bahamas. ... Nassau may mean the following: Place names: The capital of the Bahamas; see Nassau, Bahamas A duchy in the medieval Holy Roman Empire; see Nassau (state) The Prussian province of Hesse-Nassau formed by annexation of that duchy A town in Rhineland-Palatinate; see Nassau, Germany Baarle-Nassau; is a... The busy U.S. departures terminal at Lynden Pindling International Airport. ... West Indian redirects here. ... Federal districts are subdivisions of a federal system of government. ...

Nassau was formerly Charles Town ; it was burnt to the ground by the Spanish in 1684, but later rebuilt and renamed Nassau in 1695 to honor King William III (formerly Prince of Orange-Nassau)

Located on New Providence island, Nassau has an attractive harbour, a colourful blend of old world and colonial architecture and a busy port. The tropical climate and natural beauty of the Bahamas has made Nassau a popular tourist destination, with a reputation for relaxing days and an exciting nightlife. (This article is about the island in the Bahamas. ... Tourists on Oʻahu, Hawaii Tourism is travel for predominantly recreational or leisure purposes, and also refers to the provision of services in support of this act. ...

Summertime temperatures rarely exceed 33 degrees Celsius (92 degrees Fahrenheit) and the winter months have daytime temperatures between 20 and 26 °C (68 and 80 °F), rarely falling below 10 °C or 50 °F.

The city's proximity to the United States (180 statute miles or 290 km east-southeast of Miami, Florida) has also contributed to its popularity as a vacation spot, especially after the banning of American travel to Cuba. The world famous Atlantis resort on nearby Paradise Island accounts for more tourist arrivals to the city than any other hotel property. The mega resort also employs over 6,000 Bahamians, the largest outside of government.

The city also boasts of Junkanoo, an energetic, colourful street parade of brightly costumed people dancing to the rhythmic accompaniment of cowbells, drums and whistles. The celebration occurs on December 26th and January 1st, beginning in the early hours of the morning (1:00 a.m.) and ending around 10 a.m.



See also

Atlantis Paradise Island is a large resort and casino located at 25. ... Queens College, founded in 1890, is the oldest private school in the Bahamas. ... The Nassau Agreement was a treaty negotiated between President John F. Kennedy for the United States and Prime Minister Harold Macmillan for the United Kingdom. ...


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    Bahamas / Nassau & Paradise Island (768 words)
    Welcome to Nassau, bustling hub of The Bahamas since the shipwrecking days of the legendary pirate Blackbeard.
    Nassau is home to weatherbeaten, ancient forts; elegant, noble architecture; and fine local and international crafts and goods, from handmade lengths of batik to Rolex watches.
    After golfing or tennis or swimming, why not try some of the native cuisine of The Bahamas: Conch fritters, grouper fingers, peas 'n' rice, boiled fish, johnnycake and guava duff are just a few of the tasty dishes, all of which go just right with a tropical drink in your hand.
    Nassau, Bahamas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (219 words)
    Nassau was founded by the British in the mid-17th century as Charles Towne, but it was renamed to Nassau after William III of Orange-Nassau in 1695.
    Nassau was subjected to numerous attempted invasions by the Spanish during the late 18th century, and in 1776 it was captured and briefly held by American revolutionaries.
    Nassau International Airport, the major airport for the Bahamas, is located in Nassau, and has daily flights to major cities in the USA, Canada, the UK, and the Caribbean.
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