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The Lucayan Archipelago, also known as the Bahama Archipelago (from the original native Lucayan people), is an island group comprising the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The archipelago is in the western North Atlantic Ocean, north of Cuba along with the other Antilles, and east and southeast of Florida. William Keegan writes that the Bahama archipelago includes the territories of both the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, adding: "Modern political considerations aside, the islands form a single archipelago with common geological, ecological, and cultural roots."[1] Because the two nations of the Lucayan Archipelago do not border the Caribbean Sea, they are part of the West Indies but not the Caribbean. They are, however, often grouped with the Caribbean nations for convenience.


1 Proposed federation 2 Countries and territories 3 See also 4 Notes 5 References 6 Further reading

Proposed federation[edit] The leaders of The Bahamas as well as Turks and Caicos Islands discussed the possibility of forming a federation in 2010.[2] Countries and territories[edit]

The Bahamas Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom)

The Mouchoir Bank, the Silver Bank, and the Navidad Bank are a submerged continuation of the archipelago in the southeast, as are the Turks and Caicos Islands.[3] While Mouchoir Bank belongs to the Turks and Caicos Islands, Silver Bank and Navidad Bank are part of the Dominican Republic. See also[edit]

Geography portal Islands portal West Indies portal

List of islands of the Lucayan Archipelago West Indies


^ Keegan:20, 183 ^ Tyson, Vivian. Bahamas wants federation talks with TCI Archived 2011-10-04 at the Wayback Machine.. Turks and Caicos Sun, 2010. ^ Carew, James; Mylroie, John (1997). Vacher, H.L.; Quinn, T., eds. Geology of Bahamas, in Geology and Hydrology of Carbonate Islands, Developments in Sedimentology 54. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science B.V. pp. 91–139. ISBN 9780444516442. 


Keegan, William F. (1992) The People Who Discovered Columbus: The Prehistory of the Bahamas. University Press of Florida ISBN 0-8130-1137-X

Further reading[edit]

Granberry, Julian (October 1991). "Lucayan Toponyms". Journal of the Bahamas Historical Society. 13. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 

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Greater Antilles

Cayman Islands Cuba Dominican Republic Haiti Jamaica Puerto Rico

Leeward Antilles

Aruba Bonaire Curaçao Federal Dependencies of Venezuela

Leeward Islands

Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda British Virgin Islands Guadeloupe Montserrat Saba Saint Barthélemy Saint Martin U.S. Virgin Islands Saint Kitts and Nevis Sint Eustatius Sint Maarten

Windward Islands

Dominica Grenada Martinique Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Other islands

Barbados Bahamas Trinidad and Tobago Turks and Caicos Islands

Continental coasts

Belize Bermuda Colombia Costa Rica French Guiana Guatemala Guyana Honduras Mexico Nicaragua Panama Suriname Venezuela

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North America

Sovereign states

Antigua and Barbuda Bahamas Barbados Belize Canada Costa Rica Cuba Dominica Dominican Republic El Salvador Grenada Guatemala Haiti Honduras Jamaica Mexico Nicaragua Panama Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Trinidad and Tobago United States

Dependencies and other territories

Anguilla Aruba Bermuda Bonaire British Virgin Islands Cayman Islands Curaçao Greenland Guadeloupe Martinique Montserrat Navassa Island Puerto Rico Saint Barthélemy Saint Martin Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saba Sint Eustatius Sint Maarten Turks and Caicos Islands United States Virgin Islands

Coordinates: 23°44′N 75°22′W / 23.74°N 75.37°W