The story of the Bahamas from the time of the first Arawak settlement until the present day. This book is written especially for students in grades 8 and 9 in Bahamian Junior High Schools. It is intended as a basic textbook for the Bahamas Junior Certificate course. In addition to material in the Bahama past, each chapter has a background section which puts the topic into its historical setting. This also serves to introduce the student to topics and themes beyond the islands. Each chapter also contains Tasks and Things to do sections. These are intended as a guide and aid to the student and teacher.