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Brief History

The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. Slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

The capital of barbados

The Capital City of Barbados is the city of Bridgetown (formerly known as Town of Saint Michael). The population of Bridgetown in the year 2006 was 96,578.

Barbados, formerly known as Ichirouganaim, is an English speaking island nation in the Caribbean Sea.

The capitle of barbados

The Capital City of Barbados is the city of Bridgetown (formerly known as Town of Saint Michael). The population of Bridgetown in the year 2006 was 96,578.

Barbados, formerly known as Ichirouganaim, is an English speaking island nation in the Caribbean Sea.

Additional Information

Early history of Barbados

The war of barbados

Some evidence exists that Barbados may not have been settled in the second millennium BC, but this is limited to fragments of conch lip adzes found in association with shells radiocarbon dated to c.1630 BC.]Fully documented amerindian settlement dates to between about 350 to 650 AD, by a group known as the Saladoid-Barrancoid, who arrived from mainland South America. A second wave of migrants appeared around the year 800 (the Spanish referred to these people as "Arawaks") and a third in the mid-13th century (called "Caribs" by the Spanish). This last group was more politically organised and came to rule over the others. Frequent slave-raiding missions by the Spanish Empirein the early 16th century led to a massive decline in the Amerindian population of Barbados so that by 1541 a Spanish writer could claim they were uninhabited. The Amerindians were either captured for use as slaves by the Spanish or fled to other, more easily defensible mountainous islands nearby.

James Hay(Lord Carlisle), made Lord Proprietor of Barbadoes by King Charles Ion 2 July 1627.

From about 1600 the English, French and Dutch began to find colonies in the North American mainland and the smaller islands of the West Indies. Although Spanish and Portuguese sailors likely had visited Barbados, the Commonwealth of Englandwas the first Europeans to establish a lasting settlement in Barbados from 1627. England is commonly attributed as making their initial claim of Barbados in 1625, though reportedly an earlier claim may have been made in 1620. Nonetheless, by 1625 Barbados was claimed in the name of King James I of England. Despite earlier settlements by England in The Americas, (1607:Jamestown, 1609:Bermuda, and 1620:Plymouth Colony, and closer to Barbadoes the Leeward Islands were claimed by the English at about the same time as Barbados: 1623: St Kitts, 1628: Nevis, 1632: Montserrat, 1632: Antigua.), Barbados quickly grew to became the third major English settlement in the Americas due to its prime eastern location.Barbados has interesting languages and traditions.

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The barbados spick englesh and somtime spanish and some of them nose both languag. The water is very clear that you can see your feet at the bottom of water.

The barbados war

It may excite some surprise that I should have selected so small a portion of the globe as the island of Barbados as the field of my researches, and filled so many pages with their result...the history of Barbados is by no means barren of events which have materially affected the British Empire. If the navigation laws led to England's supremacy on the seas, that small island was the cause which led to the navigation was here that many of those attached to the royal cause, during England's civil wars and the interregnum which ensued, sought and found an asylum, until the chivalric opposition of that small spot to the mandates of Cromwell roused his ire and vengeance. - Robert Schomburgk, The History of Barbados, 1848.

Schomburgk's views expressed over one hundred and fifty years ago echo those of other analysts of Barbadian history. It is indeed surprising that this small island of 166 square miles should have impacted to the degree which it did, not only on British imperial policies, but to a larger extent, as a vibrant component of the Atlantic system. The answer lies mainly in two factors, the island's geographic location and its economic success in the mid seventeenth century, as an unrivalled producer and innovator in the sugar industry.

The economic promise of sugar financed the large scale importation of labour from Europe and ultimately Africa ...

Barbados' easterly location and position at 13 degrees latitude gave it comparative advantages for the growing and production of sugar cane. Among the factors which helped were an alkaline soil, sufficient, but not excessive rainfall at the correct growing time, and the reliable trade winds which allowed planters on the island to use energy efficient windmills for the processing of sugar cane stalks. Wind and sea currents permitted fast and reliable access to Europe, Africa and North America. This relative ease of communications enabled the island to become a hub in the early stages of its development. The economic promise of sugar financed the large scale importation of labour from Europe and ultimately Africa, which was a necessity if the sugar industry was to grow and proper. Good facilitators or middlemen were also needed, and at a critical phase, Dutch and Jewish Sephardic merchants provided shipping, capital, technological transfers from North Eastern Brazil, logistical support, labour, market information and access to European markets.

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Barbados weather: Sunny days and stormy weather

Barbados weather is mostly sunny and fair with warm days, cool winds and cozy nights.

We are in the tropics, and believe it or not, some people actually put on a sweater in the cool night winter time breezes. Barbadians complain that the sea is cold when it's 78oF !!!

It rains most in summer and a good rainfall is refreshing and much needed. Rain is usually followed quickly by sunny skies and within minutes everything will be dry.

Tropical rainstorms sometimes occur in the hurricane season which runs from June to October (as we say in Barbados - "June too soon, October all over!"). Tropical rains are spectacular but the island is very porous and the heaviest rains quickly drain off into the underground laks or the sea.

Hurricanes usually avoid Barbados. They arise off the African Coast and head to the Caribbean, swinging North about 100 miles from Barbados.

The pattern is reasonably consistent as hurricanes tend to bounce from one land mass to the next and Barbados is somewhat separate from the Caribbean island chain. This does not of course make us immune, but the last occasion which Barbados suffered a direct hit from a hurricane was in 1955. There is a story of a bus driver who drove his passengers straight through the worst of Barbados' hurricanes, "was a bit of a breeze" he is supposed to have said.

The facts about bradados

the birthplace of , who moved from Barbados to the United States at the age of sixteen to pursue her music career.
  • Was chosen by Tiger Woods as the location for his wedding in 2004.
  • The name 'Barbados' is derived from the Bearded Fig Trees once found in abundance on the island.

  • Has always flown only the British Flag, until achieving it's independence in 1966.
  • Has never been successfully invaded by a Foreign power.

  • Is completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean.
  • When first settled in 1625, was found to be almost totally covered in dense jungle, with a very large population of wild pigs.
  • First and second Governors, Captain William Deane, and John Powell, respectively, were each arrested during their terms as Governor, and returned to England in irons.
  • Has experienced 12 Hurricanes and 15 Gales of sufficient force to cause extensive damage, recorded from Settlement in 1625 until now.
  • The first settlement in Barbados, Holetown, was originally named Jamestown, after it's benefactor, King James I of England. It acquired the name "Holetown" due to the off loading and cleaning of ships in the very small channel located within the immediate vicinity of the town. These tasks left the area in an untidy and smelly condition....thus the Jamestown area became referred to as "the Hole", which evolved into "Holetown", as it known today. (This channel is no longer in use for such purposes).
  • Commander-in-Chief from 21 December 1629 to 16 July 1630, Sir William Tufton, was executed by firing squad in May 1632, for high treason.
  • One of the Judges in Sir William Tufton's case, Captain William Kitterich, was executed by firing squad for the murder of a Captain William Birch.
  • The Capital city, Bridgetown, was originally named "Indian Bridge" for the rude bridge which had been constructed over the river (now known as the Careenage) by the Indians. It was later called the "town of St. Michael" in official documents, before finally being named Bridgetown when a new bridge was built in place of the Indian Bridge, sometime after 1654.
  • Most of what is now the Southern part of Bridgetown (the lower Bay Street environs) was once a huge swamp.
  • The House of Assembly, in 1666, by special Act, ordered that all buildings under construction of wood be halted, and that all buildings in Bridgetown, including homes, must be built of stone, due to the fire which totally destroyed Bridgetown in that year. The Capital has since been devastated by fire several times.
  • The first slaves in Barbados were white (called Indentured Servants); people who, for various reasons, had been deemed enemies of the Crown. This practice was so prevalent during the period 1640 to 1650, that a phrase for punishment was coined "to be Barbadoed".
  • It was written of the great Hurricane of 16 October 1780 "Whites and Blacks together, it is imagined (the deaths) to exceed some thousands, but fortunately few people of consequence were among the number".
  • In 1736 boasted 22 Forts and 26 Batteries, mounting a total of 463 Cannon, along it's 21 miles of Western shoreline.
  • During the terrible landslip of 11 October 1786, a home in the area of Walcotts Plantation, in that part of the Parish of St. Joseph called Crab-Hole, in which a Christening was to take place, sank entirely underground. "The next morning no vestige of it was to be seen. Some time afterwards, it was discovered through a fissure in the soil, which was enlarged, an opening made in the roof, and to the great astonishment of the persons who descended into it, the internal arrangements were found in the same order as before the accident took place; even the christening Cake was found unimpaired in appearance and taste."
  • During this same landslip of 1786, several buildings on the Walcott estate were swallowed up, including the windmill, "which was carried some hundred yards from it's original location and swallowed up, no part remaining visible but the extremity of the upper arm".
  • Foster Hall Plantation suffered precisely the same fate during the landslip of 1819, during which time the woods under Hackelton's Cliff slid down in it's entirety to cover the area where the Fosterhall buildings had previously stood.
  • The Lord Nelson Statue, erected on Bridgetown's Trafalgar Square on 22 Mar 1813, is older than the statue and square of the same name and fame in London. Trafalgar Square was renamed National Heroes Square in April 1999, in honour of the national heroes of Barbados.
  • During the period 1841 - 1845, Barbados was considered the healthiest place in the world to live, having 1 death per 66 people, compared to world averages of approximately 1 death per 35 people.
  • People, in times past, traveled from all over the world to Barbados for it's Healing Qualities. These were to be immersed totally, with the exception of the head, in the sands of the beaches of Cattlewash in St. Andrew. This treatment was believed to cure many ills. This practice lasted for some years before waning.
  • Had on record, in 1846, 491 active Sugar Plantations, with 506 windmills.
  • South Carolina, in the USA, was originally settled by Barbadians, and it's first Governor was a Barbadian.
  • LAST but certainly NOT LEAST.....throughout the History of our Island, it is well known that the Mongoose in Barbados never crosses the road unless someone is watching.
  • the grave from barbados

    Six skulls, bones, body parts found in open graveyard pit

    With Monday’s discovery of an open pit containing burned skulls, bones and other body parts at the Christ Church Parish Church, our thoughts immediately turned to a previous article by our own Robert.

    Sad. So sad. And what does it say about us?

    Somebody should lose their job over this, but you know that’s never going to happen.

    Here is the current story from the Nation, and then BFP’s original story…

    Shocker in Christ Church graveyard

    Mourners attending a burial in the Christ Church Parish Church’s cemetery on Monday evening were mortified when they stumbled upon a hole containing burnt skeletal remains.

    An upset woman told the MIDWEEK NATION that they were disgusted by the sight in the graveyard.

    “I counted at least six skulls and I could see teeth, hair and bones and what appeared to be the material from a coffin,” she said.

    (Read the full article at The Nation: Shocker in Christ Church graveyard)

    Original BFP story…