In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.....
|Me & Columbus|
Bahamas Government House
But let's get back to The Bahamas. We appreciate Bahama's islands for their natural beauty and tropical weather, but 17th & 18th century pirates went there for the ease of escaping authority and hiding treasure amid the hundreds of islands. During this time, Nassau was established as a commercial port, but it was a volatile area fought over by Spanish, English, and French, leaving Bahamian natives the ones to suffer the most. By the end of the 18th century, The Bahamas were a English colony.
The American Civil War (1861-1865) caused an economic boom in The Bahamas as blockade runners and smugglers used the islands as a base for sneaking illegal goods into ports along the eastern coast of both northern and southern states. The economy was given a boost by the United States once again in 1919 when Prohibition put smugglers back in business, and The Bahamas were as convenient a port as ever.
|Parliament Square of The Bahamas|
Not far away, the Government House is built in a similar architectural style with a statue of Christopher Columbus out front. It is the official residence of the governor of The Bahamas.
|Cannon at Fort Fincastle|
|The Queen's Staircase|
Nassau's Public Library is a cute little stop that most tourists overlook. It is worth stepping inside and climbing the steps to the top, especially if you love the smell of old books.
|Balcony House Museum|
Of course, The Bahamas has beautiful beaches, turquoise water, and plenty of seafood with fruity drinks on the side, but the next time you are there make sure you check out some of Nassau's history as well.
All photographs are the property of Samantha Wilcoxson