LOCATED IN THE Caribbean, the Bahamas consists of an archipelago of more than 700 islands that cover about 100,000 sq, mi, (160,934 sq, km.) of ocean, and a land area of only 5,378 sq, mi, (13,878 sq, km.). It has a population of 323,000 (2003 est.), with a population density of 60 people per sq, mi, (23,27 per sq, km.), although on the island of New Providence in the capital of Nassau, there are 4,402 people per sq, mi, (1,693 per sq, km.). Much of the economy of the nation comes from tourism, with only one percent of the land arable, and 32 percent of the land covered in forest, mainly on the island of Andros.

Traditionally, the Bahamas have had problems with hurricanes and tropical ...

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