Bahamas, British Crown Colony: Information

Bahamas, British Crown Colony (1718 - 1973)

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.

Bahamas, British Crown Colony: List of Rulers.
Reign / RuleFromToCoins 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
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Bahamas, British Crown Colony: Details
Official NameBahamas, British Crown Colony
From1718
To1973
FlagFlag of Bahamas, British Crown Colony
Coat of ArmsCoat of Arms of of Bahamas, British Crown Colony
Bahamas, British Crown Colony: Currencies Used
CurrencyFromTo
Bahamian Pound 1806 1966
Pound Sterling 1825 1966