The first English settlement in the Bahamas was on Eleuthera. In 1670, the king granted the Bahamas to the Lords Proprietors of the Province of Carolina, but the islands were left to themselves. The local pirates proclaimed a "Privateers' Republic" with Edward Teach (Blackbeard) as chief magistrate in 1703. In 1718, the Bahamas became a British crown colony, and the pirates were driven out.
During the American War of Independence, the Bahamas were briefly occupied by both American and Spanish forces. In 1964, the Bahamas achieved self-governance, and, in 1973, full independence.
|Reign / Rule||From||To||Coins Issued|
|King George I||6 January 1718||11 June 1727|
|King George II||11 June 1727||25 October 1760|
|King George III||25 October 1760||29 January 1820||2|
|King George IV||29 January 1820||26 June 1830|
|King William IV||26 June 1830||20 June 1837|
|Queen Victoria||20 June 1837||22 January 1901|
|King Edward VII||22 January 1901||6 May 1910|
|King George V||6 May 1910||20 January 1936|
|King Edward VIII||20 January 1936||11 December 1936|
|King George VI||11 December 1936||6 February 1952|
|Queen Elizabeth II||6 February 1952||10 July 1973|