Lucayan Archipelago

Lucayan Archipelago
Location within the West Indies
Location within the West Indies
Coordinates: 23°44′N 75°22′W / 23°44′N 75°22′W / 23.74; -75.37
RegionWest Indies
Countries and territories
 • Total14,308 km2 (5,524 sq mi)
 • Total443,000
 • Density24.6/km2 (64/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Bahamian, Turks Islander, Caicos Islander
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)

The Lucayan Archipelago (named for the original native Lucayan people), also known as the Bahama Archipelago, is an island group comprising the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The archipelago is in the western North Atlantic Ocean, north of Cuba along with the other Antilles, and east and southeast of Florida.

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

Proposed federation

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