Lucayan Archipelago

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Lucayan Archipelago
Lucayan Archipel (Haitian Creole)
Location within the Caribbean
Location within the Caribbean
Region Caribbean
Countries and territories
 • Total 14,308 km2 (5,524 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 367,536
 • Density 24.6/km2 (64/sq mi)
Demonym Bahamian, Turks Islander, Caicos Islander
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)

The Lucayan Archipelago, or Bahama Archipelago, is an archipelago comprising the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The archipelago is in the western Atlantic Ocean, north of the Antilles, east and southeast of Florida, and north of the equator.

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 nations of the Lucayan Archipelago do not border the Caribbean Sea, they are technically part of the West Indies (specifically the British West Indies) but not the Caribbean. They are, however, often grouped with Caribbean nations for convenience.

Proposed federation[edit]

The leaders of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands discussed the possibility of forming a federation in 2010.[2]

Countries and territories[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Keegan:20, 183
  2. ^ Tyson, Vivian. Bahamas wants federation talks with TCI. Turks and Caicos Sun, 2010.


  • 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. 

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