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Nassau, the capital, lies on the shore of a protected harbour on New Providence Island. Its population of 180,000 makes this the largest city in the archipelago, and in fact roughly two-thirds of the country’s population live on this island. The city was founded by the ... More British in the mid 1600s as Charlestown, but was renamed in 1695 in honour of William III of Orange-Nassau, successor to the English throne. It became a popular haven for pirates during the 18th century, including the famous and fearsome Blackbeard. Later in the same century, the Spanish attempted to invade Nassau, and in 1776, American revolutionaries briefly gained control of the city. Tourism took off in the 1960s when Cuba was closed to American tourists, and the government dredged Nassau’s harbour to accommodate up to six cruise ships at a time, as well as building hotels and resorts.
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