FREEPORT - THE BAHAMAS
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Freeport
Country: THE BAHAMAS
Island: GRAND BAHAMA
District: FREEPORT
Elevation: 10 m (30 ft)
Dialing code: 242
Time zone: EST (UTC-5)
EDT (UTC-4)


Freeport is a city, district and free trade zone on the island of Grand Bahama of the northwest Bahamas. In 1955, Wallace Groves, a Virginian financier with lumber interests in Grand Bahama, was granted 50,000 acres (or 202 km2) of pineyard with substantial areas of swamp and scrubland by the Bahamian government with a mandate to economically develop the area. Freeport has grown to become the second most populous city in the Bahamas.


The main airport serving the city is the Grand Bahama International Airport. The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) operates the free trade zone, under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement signed in August 1955 whereby the Bahamian government agreed that businesses in the Freeport area would pay no taxes before 1980, later extended to 2054. The area of the land grants has been increased to 138,000 acres (or 526 km2).


The Rand Nature Centre, named after its founder James Rand, Petersons Cay a small isle about 300 yards off the shore of Grand Bahama and the Lucayan National Park founded by Peter Barratt a former architect and town planner of Freeport. The Lucayan National Park is 40 acres (0.16 km2) in extent and includes five ecological zones stretching from the south shore to the pineyard. There is an extensive underwater cave system beneath the park. One cave entrance is accessible by stairs at the national park. Other caves are accessible for certified scuba divers.

Part of the description above is taken from the Wikipedia article Freeport with patent CC-BY-SA. The full list of those who have contributed to the drafting of the article is available here.