I mean, seriously, the endless isles, cays, banks and bays are scattered so tantalizingly close to Florida that it seems a minor miracle that at least part of what is now the Bahamas was never integrated into a full possession of the United States.
The answers are there. Anyone can dive headfirst into the Bahamas wikipedia entry and see why. Colonel Andrew Deveaux, a loyalist to the British Crown, recaptured Bahamas from the Spanish in the late 18th century. The year was 1782 and the reeling British were losing the fight with the American colonists. However, Bahamas would become a haven for those loyalists looking to escape condemnation in the newly created United States (the relatively sparsely populated islands had already been home to a small British population that had migrated from Bermuda).
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