Bahamas Overview Nations // Central America/Caribbean

OVERVIEW The Bahamas is made up of more than 700 islands, many of which are uninhabited. The archipelagic nation has 250,000 sq. km. (96,525 sq. mi.) of territorial waters. The primary threat to its internal security stems from the drug trade in and around Bahamian waters. With the closest island only 45 miles from the coast of Florida, the U.S. considers the Bahamas to be a gateway for smugglers. For this reason, the United States maintains joint-service military bases on several...


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