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Nassau is the capital city of the nation of Barbados, in the Caribbean Sea. It is the commercial and cultural centre of the Bahamas, and with a population of 180 000, its largest city.

Located on New Providence island, Nassau has an attractive harbour and a busy port. The tropical climate and natural beauty of the Bahamas has made Nassau a popular tourist destination, with a reputation for relaxing days and an exciting nightlife.

Nassau was founded by the British in the mid-1600's as Charles Towne, but it was renamed to Nassau in 1695. During the 1700's it was a popular hideaway for pirates of the Caribbean, notably Blackbeard. Nassau was subjected to numerous attempted invasions by the Spanish during the late 18th century, and in 1776 it was captured and briefly held by American revolutionaries.