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The Bahamas Gain Independence from British Commonwealth

A haven for pirates such as Blackbeard in the 17th century, the Bahamas became a British Crown Colony in 1717. After the American Revolution, it was settled by many Loyalists who brought with them slaves to labor on cotton plantations. Later, during the prohibition era in the US, the Bahamas became a base for rum-running. The Bahamas did not become a sovereign state within the Commonwealth of Nations until 1973. How has the Cuban political situation affected the Bahamian economy?



The Edo Period

Edo, now named Tokyo, was the seat of power during the reign of the Tokugawa shogunate (1603-1867). This period brought much needed stability to Japan. The shogun's national authority, combined with the daimyo's regional authority, permitted the administration of both centralized and decentralized authorities. Literacy spread, farming techniques improved, and interregional trade expanded during this period; nevertheless, the last Tokugawa shogun resigned in 1867 because of what pressures?

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Arthur Ashe

Ashe began to attract the attention of tennis fans after being awarded a tennis scholarship to UCLA in 1963. By 1969, he was considered the best American male tennis player. In addition to winning Grand Slam tournaments and Wimbledon, he was a key figure in the formation of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and in exposing the injustices of Apartheid in South Africa. What was Ashe's career high singles ranking?

Last updated on Tuesday, 10th July 2007

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