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Lucayan Indians inhabited the islands when Christopher COLUMBUS first set foot in the New World on San Salvador in 1492. British settlement of the islands began in 1647; the islands became a colony in 1783. Since attaining independence from the UK in 1973, The Bahamas has prospered through tourism, international banking, and investment management. Because of its location, the country is a major transshipment point for illegal drugs, particularly shipments to the US and Europe, and its territory is used for smuggling illegal migrants into the US.

The Bahamas is a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy.

Source: CIA World Factbook

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An Act to make provision for the protection of the coast against erosion and encroachment by the sea and for purposes connected therewith.

Bahamas, Americas, Caribbean

This Act grants the power to the Minister responsible for ports and harbours to carry out construction of coast protection works as he/she deems urgently necessary and to apportion costs of such works on the owners of any land who benefit from such works. The owners will contribute in the degree that they benefit from the work. Various rules are provided for the apportionment of costs and the payment of compensation.

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