people who live in The Bahamas are predominantly of West African descent
who were captured and forced into slavery on the cotton plantations in
Most white residents of the Bahamas are descendants of the first English settlers (English Puritans ), who emigrated to Bermuda in 1647 to gain religious freedom and settled on the island of Eleuthera.
The culture is a melting pot of many native customs ranging from the indigenous "Indian" people who populated the Bahamas, including West African, English and other cultures who over the past three or four centuries, arrived in the Bahamas.
People from many diverse backgrounds, such as British Loyalists (accompanied by slaves) fleeing America after the War of Independence, Bermudan slaves, people from other Caribbean islands, and many other nationalities.
Bahamian culture today has been shaped by their experiences, beliefs and lifestyles.
Want to learn more about the culture of the Bahamas? We have fascinating information both current and historical. Check out the Bahamas history page. Learn about the fantastic People-to-People Program that allows you to spend time with a Bahamian Friend and experience the real Bahamas! Find out more about Straw Work, a truly Bahamian craft. Or enjoy our Bahamian Recipes for Conch chowder and more! To experience Bahamian culture and art, you should make plans to attend Junkanoo, if at all possible. The Grammy Award winning Baha Men are featured in our Art/Music/Dance section. The "Golden Girls" bring international attention home to the Bahamas after their performance at the Sydney Olympics.