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Bahrain officially declared its independence on 14 August of that year.
The breaking of the fast month of Ramadan is celebrated with feasts of traditional food, and a variety of special sweets and pastries. Only 1 percent of the land is arable, and so the country is unable to produce enough food for its population and relies almost entirely on imports.In the 1830s, the British signed several treaties with Bahrain, offering protection from the Turks in exchange for access to the Persian Gulf. In 1935, it placed its main Middle Eastern naval base in Bahrain, and in 1946, it stationed the senior British officer in the region there.Anti-British sentiment rose in the 1950s, but Britain did not decide to pull out until 1971.Most rural villages have electricity and running water and are connected to the towns by paved roads.Traditional houses, called barastis, were made from palm branches, but today most villagers build homes from modern materials. The best-known dish, machbous, consists of fish or meat served with rice.Four-fifths of the population lives in cities, the majority in Manama which is the capital and the largest urban center.
That city stands on a seabed, parts of which were recently reclaimed from the water.
Bahrain is an archipelago made up of Bahrain Island and thirty smaller islands.
It is located in the Persian Gulf near the Arabian Peninsula, 120 miles southwest of Iran, 14 miles to the east of Saudi Arabia, and 17 miles to the west of the Qatar Peninsula.
Manama has modern buildings and wide, tree-lined roads as well as an older section with a traditional souk, or marketplace.
Muharraq is the oldest town, and used to be the capital.
The city has been modernized, but in the old sections one can still see traditional architecture.