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 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.
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