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The islands of The Bahamas lay in the North Atlantic Ocean, just east of the Floridian peninsula, of the United States, northeast of the island of Cuba and northwest of the island of Hispaniola which is home to the countries of the Dominican Republic and the Republic of Haiti.
Unlike the other islands in the Caribbean found in the archipelagos of the Greater & the Lesser Antilles, the islands of the Lucayan Archipelago, home to The Bahamas & the Turks and Caicos Islands, were not formed due to crustal movements and plate tectonics. As such, our islands are generally flat and very low-lying. They are not home to any towering mountains like Pico Duarte in the Dominican Republic or active volcanoes like La Grande Soufrière on the island of Guadeloupe. The highest point in all of The Bahamas is but a mere 206 feet above sea level, found on Cat Island.
It’s officially Summer!
No seriously. Friday past was June 21st, the day of the yearly Summer solstice which marks the first official day of Summer in the northern hemisphere. On Friday, the sun reached its highest point in the sky and it was subsequently the longest day of the entire year. Actually, the sun was directly over the Tropic of Cancer (which runs through both Exuma & Long Island) at exactly 11:54am on Friday and in The Bahamas we experienced up to 14 hours of daylight.
On average, The Bahamas has a little over 300 days of sunshine each year; the land of eternal summer perhaps. Now that summer is officially here, in a place where the sky almost always seamlessly transcends into the waters below, travel plans are being made and/or finalized.
Upon his arrival to the island on the 19th of October in the year of our Lord 1492, the navigator Christopher Columbus, allegedly found a conch pearl on its shores. Today, conch pearls are very valuable and are among the rarest and most expensive of all the pearls in the world. Even in Christopher Columbus’ day, he knew the value of what he found. Because of this, he named this island, “Fortune Island.”
Since then, it has long been changed to “Long Cay.” (A name it shares with another small island found off of the northern coast of New Providence). It’s located about 10 miles off of its neighbouring sister island, Crooked Island.