The Bahamas flag is a beautiful depiction of the nation’s aspirations and image. The design reflects the sun, sand and sea as well as the economic development of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. The Bahamas flag features an equilateral triangle superimposed onto a field consisting of two aquamarine stripes and a middle gold stripe between them. The colors have rich significance to the people of the Bahamas. Black symbolizes the vigor and force of a united people. The triangular shape pointing toward the body of the flag denotes the enterprise and determination of the Bahamian people to develop the nation’s rich resources. Gold and aquamarine represent the sun and sea.
The Bahamas is an island country made up of more than 700 islands and islets in the Atlantic Ocean. It is just north of Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Bahamas may refer either to the country or the larger island chain it shares with Turks and Caicos Islands. The Bahamas was the site of Columbus’ first landfall in 1942. It became a British Crown colony in 1718 when Great Britain resettled thousands of American loyalists who brought slaves and established plantations. The Island nation later grew into a haven for freed Africans and escaped slaves from Florida. The Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1973 yet retained Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch.