As early as 300 to 400 AD, people from Cuba migrated to The Bahamas and lived on seafood. Then from around 900-1500 AD, the Lucayan people settled on the islands. When Christopher Colombus arrived in the New World in 1492, there were about 40,000 Lucayans residing in The Bahamas. Within 25 years after Columbus arrived, all of the Lucayans were wiped out due to the slavery, diseases, and hardships they were faced with. Later in 1649, English Puritans known as the Eleutheran Adventurers came to what is now The Bahamas in search of religious freedom. Read more here!