The Bahamas, officially the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, is an island country consisting
of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets in the Atlantic Ocean;
north of Cuba
(the Dominican Republic
northwest of the Turks and Caicos Islands;
southeast of the
state of Florida
and east of the Florida Keys
Its capital is Nassau
on the island of New Providence.
The designation of "Bahamas" can refer to either the country or the larger island chain
that it shares with the Turks and Caicos Islands.
As stated in the mandate/manifesto of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force,
the Bahamas territory encompasses 470,000 km2 (180,000 sq mi) of ocean space.