This book is written especially for students in Grades 8 and 9 in Bahamian Junior High Schools. It is intended as a basic textbook for the Bahamas Junior Certificate course. In addition to material in the Bahamian past, each chapter has a background section which puts the topics into its historical setting. This also serves to introduce the student to topics and themes beyond the islands. Each chapter also contains 'Tasks' and 'Things to Do' sections. These are intended as a guide and aid to the student and teacher.