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The Bahamas
Source: CIA World Factbook
Flag and emblem of The Bahamas
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The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is a country that consists of 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, north of Cuba and Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Hait). In 2010 the estimated population was 353,658.

The Bahamas were originally inhabited by the Lucayan, an Arawakan-speaking people. Christopher Columbus' first landfall in the New World was in the Bahamas in 1492. Eventually, English colonists settled in the Bahamas in 1648. The country became independent in 1973.

In terms of ethnic groups, 85% are African Bahamians, 12% are of European descent, and 3% are of Asian or Latin American descent. In 2005 the following religious affiliations were reported: Baptist 35.4%, Anglican 15.1%, Roman Catholic 13.5%, Pentecostal 8.1%, Church of God 4.8%, Methodist 4.2%, other Christian 15.2%, other Protestant 12%, none or unknown 3%, and Other 2%, including Jews, Muslims, Baha'is, Hindus, Rastafarians, and practitioners of Obeah.

Mennonites settled near Blanket Sound on Andros Island, Bahamas, in 1983. San Andros Mennonite Church, established by the Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church, established a commercial farm along with a large auto repair shop, carpentry shop, and a bee farm. The farm sold their fruit and vegetable crops throughout the island. 

In 2020 the following Mennonite group was active in the Bahamas.

Denomination Congregations
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in 2012
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Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church 1 34 1 27 1 34


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Author(s) Richard D Thiessen
Date Published April 2020

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