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History of Barbados

There is no doubt that Barbados is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The sandy beaches, crystalline waters and wonderfully immaculate hotels make it one of the most desired destinations on the planet. However, in order to understand the true beauty of Barbados it’s history must be observed. Barbados is rich in history and tradition and the “Bajan way of life” is desired by many. People from around the world come to Barbados as it really is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Barbados Inhabitants and History

Barbados was thought to have been initially visited by Arawak Indians. However, by the time that Europeans visited the island, it was uninhabited. The first Europeans to set foot on the island were the Portuguese, but it was the British who first established a colony there in 1627. Barbados was rich in resources during the 1600’s and colonists cultivated tobacco and cotton, however by 1640’s the colonists had switched to producing sugar which was extremely profitable. The British brought slaves to Barbados so they could work on the sugar plantations. This resulted in 90% of the population being black. In 1816 a slave revolt took place and slavery was eventually abolished in 1834. Britain finally granted Barbados independence in 1966 and became a parliamentary documentary within the commonwealth.
Barbados Geographics

Barbados is situated in the west area of the North Atlantic. The island is 34 kilometres (21 miles) in length and 23 kilometres (14 miles) wide. The island is less than one million years old and lies just outside of the principle Atlantic hurricane belt. The nearest country to Barbados is St Lucia which is situated 108.3 miles away. St Lucia is also regarded as a popular holiday destination among Caribbean enthusiasts.
The following shows a modern day fact file of Barbados:

  • Barbados has an estimated population of 287,733 with a total of 112,000 people living in the capital, Bridgetown.
  • The average life expectancy in Barbados is 74.52.
  • Barbados is currently one of the Caribbean’s most popular travelling destinations with a large amount of the countries income coming from tourism.
  • Barbados is regarded as a Carribean Island, however, it is actually classed as an Atlantic island.
  • Barbados have many different foreign relations. Barbados is a full participating member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), CARICOM Single Market and Economy, and the Association of Caribbean States.
  • Historically Barbadian law is based entirely on the British laws with a few local adaptations.
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