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BAHAMAS consists of an archipelago of 700 islands located in the Atlantic Ocean off the southeast coast of Florida. The largest island is Andros (4,144 square kilometers or 1,600 square miles), but most islanders live on Grand Bahama or New Providence where the capital, Nassau, lies. Winters in the Bahamas are mild and summers warm. Most rain falls in May, June, September and October and thunderstorms are frequent in summer. The islands are also subject to hurricanes and other tropical storms.

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The Bahamas have few natural resources, and for many years fishing and small-scale farming (citrus fruits and vegetables) were the only ways to make a living. Now, however, tourism, which employs almost half of the workforce, is the most important industry. It continues developing on a vast scale and about three million tourists, mainly from the USA and the other countries of North America, visit the Bahamas each year. Offshore banking is also a growing source of income for the country.

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