|Commonwealth of the Bahamas|
10 July 1973
The Bahamas, officially the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, is a country consisting of more than 700 islands, cays and islets in the Atlantic Ocean. Located on the very edge of the Caribbean Sea, the Bahamas lay north of Cuba and Saint-Domingue, and to the east of the state of Florida.
The Bahamas was a colony of England, and later Britain, from 1648 until 1973. Whilst the Bahamas were being colonized by Britain, it was sparsely populated, which led to it becoming a pirate haven. The city of Nassau in the Bahamas was declared a pirate republic in 1713, and remained so until 1718.
After the Templar Woodes Rogers was appointed Governor of the islands, he attempted to either remove or convert the pirates there, and dissolved the young republic; however, piracy in general still remained in the area, and he was recalled from his post in 1722. He would eventually return to serve another term.
The Assassin Ratonhnhaké:ton sailed to the Bahamas aboard the Aquila in 1773, and in 1776. By destroying privateer ships such as the Somerset, he greatly improved the safety of naval trade routes to the islands.
Later, in 1778, Ratonhnhaké:ton returned to the islands in an effort to find and kill Nicholas Biddle, captain of the American warship Randolph. After disabling the masts, Connor boarded the vessel and dueled the Templar, ultimately killing Biddle. The Randolph was then sunk, as was Biddle's last wish.