Freeport - City of USA
Freeport is a city and free trade zone on the island of Grand Bahama, located approximately 100 mi (160 km) east-northeast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is a district of the Bahamas.
The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) operates the free trade zone, under the Hawksbill Creek Agreement signed in August of 1955 whereby the Bahamian Government agreed that businesses in the Freeport area will pay no taxes before 2054. The area of the land grants has been increased to 138,000 acres (558 kmē).
Freeport Harbour is accessible by even the largest vessels, and has a cruise terminal, a transshipment/container port, and both a private yacht and ship maintenance facility. Grand Bahama International Airport handles nearly 50,000 flights each year.
Tourism complements trade as a revenue earner in Freeport, with over a million visitors each year. Much of the tourist industry is centered on the seaside suburb of Lucaya, owing its name (but little else) to the pre-Columbian Lucayan inhabitants of the island. The city is often promoted as "Freeport/Lucaya." Most hotels on the island are located along the southern Atlantic Ocean shore. Primary shopping venues for tourists include the (mostly closed since damage caused by Hurricane Frances and labor issues closed the nearby hotel) International Bazaar near downtown Freeport and the Port Lucaya Market Place in Lucaya.
The English author Justin Hill was born here in 1971.
USA National Bird : Bald Eagle
USA National Flower : Rose Rosa
USA National Game : Baseball