The Bahamas: A Little Bit Independent

Clouds of balloons floated out over the harbor and bright flags decorated staid old Bay Street in downtown Nassau. Past the reviewing stand, filled with bewigged and berobed colony officials, marched rows of schoolboys while policemen in starched white uniforms stood stiffly at attention and thousands of children sang and cheered. Thus did something called "limited independence" come to the Bahamas, Great Britain's 700 islands scattered over 90,000 square miles of sunny ocean off the tip of Florida.

London will still handle defense, internal security and foreign affairs. The Bahamians will...

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