WELCOME TO

BARBADOS

“Pride and Industry”

WELCOME TO

BARBADOS

“Pride and Industry”

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Welcome Barbadians and visitors

to the paradise island of Barbados

Caribbean1st refer to this island as ‘The Hospitality Island’ Why? Well if you visit Barbados, you’ll find it a truly welcoming island. The hospitality of the people is of Michelin standard; they are highly skilled in being great hosts.
If you want to be pampered and waited on by people that enjoy doing so; then Barbados is the island for you.


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BARBADOS

BRIDGETOWN, THE CAPITAL

Established in 1628, Bridgetown is the capital and commercial centre of Barbados. Bridgetown was originally named “Indian Bridge” for the crude bridge which had been constructed over the river (now known as the Careenage) by the Indians. Bridgetown continually plays host to various concerts, cultural festivals and historical lectures, a re-commitment to the renewal and continued development of the capital city. On 25th June 2011, Barbados joined an elite group of nations with world heritage properties when Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Information adapted from visitbarbados.org

BRIDGETOWN, THE CAPITAL

BARBADOS
Established in 1628, Bridgetown is the capital and commercial centre of Barbados. Bridgetown was originally named “Indian Bridge” for the crude bridge which had been constructed over the river (now known as the Careenage) by the Indians. Bridgetown continually plays host to various concerts, cultural festivals and historical lectures, a re-commitment to the renewal and continued development of the capital city. On 25th June 2011, Barbados joined an elite group of nations with world heritage properties when Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

BARBADOS MUST STOPS:

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FARLEY HILL NATIONAL PARK
Once the site of a beautiful mansion built by Sir Graham Briggs for the entertainment of royalty including King George V in 1879, today Farley Hill has been designated a national park by Barbadian Government. And though the mansion itself was destroyed by fire in 1965, the gutted remains still stand and provide an ideal setting for a picnic and a day of fun in the park, while offering stunning views of the island’s southern point.

Information courtesy of visitbarbados.org

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MOUNT GAY
Every great story begins with a time and a place. For Mount Gay Rum, that time was 1703 and the place, the Caribbean island of Barbados. Rum, originally called “Kill-Devil” by the Barbadians who first distilled it, is truly a product of this beautiful island.

At our Visitor Experience, guests are greeted in our lush green garden, and will explore the history, heritage and craft of Mount Gay rums, while special tours treat you to a cocktail mixing session or a traditional Bajan lunch.

Information adapted from visitbarbados.org

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CARLISLE BAY
Carlisle Bay is a small natural harbour located in the southwest region of Barbados. The island nation’s capital, Bridgetown, is situated on this bay, which has been turned into a marine park.

Information courtesy of visitbarbados.org

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ST. NICHOLAS ABBEY
St. Nicholas Abbey, located in the parish of St.Peter, was built in 1660 and is one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere.
We welcome you to spend as much time as you like enjoying the Plantation’s tranquil surroundings. Complimentary guided tours of the great house showcase a wealth of tradition, including antiques and artefacts spanning the home’s 350-year history. Visitors may also explore the boiling house and rum distillery where we produce St. Nicholas Abbey Rum and the surrounding gardens, orchards, gullies and the adjacent Cherry Tree Hill.

Official website: www.stnicholasabbey.com

Information courtesy of visitbarbados.org

History of Barbados

BARBADOSOnce a Spanish and Portuguese territorial possession known as Los Barbados or Os Barbados, in 1625 it became an English, and later a British, colony. In 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. Barbados is one of the Caribbean’s leading tourist destinations and is the most developed island in the region.
Amerindian settlement of Barbados dates to about the 4th to 7th century AD, by a group known as the Saladoid-Barrancoid. In the 13th century, the Caribs arrived from South America. The Portuguese briefly claimed Barbados from the mid-16th to the 17th centuries, and may have seized the Arawaks on Barbados and used them as slave labour. Other Arawaks are believed to have fled to neighbouring islands. Apart from possibly displacing the Caribs, the Portuguese left little impact and by the 1610s left for South America, leaving the island almost uninhabited.

Barbados eventually had one of the world’s biggest sugar industries after starting sugar cane cultivation in 1640. One group which was instrumental for ensuring the early success of the sugar cane industry were the Sephardic Jews, who had originally been expelled from the Iberian peninsula to end up in Dutch Brazil. This quickly replaced tobacco plantations on the islands which were previously the main export. As the sugar industry developed into its main commercial enterprise, Barbados was divided into large plantation estates that replaced the smallholdings of the early English settlers. Some of the displaced farmers moved to other English colonies in the Americas, most notably North and South Carolina, and British Guiana, as well as Panama. To work the plantations, planters imported enslaved West Africans to Barbados and other Caribbean islands.

The British abolished the slave trade in 1807 but not the institution itself. In 1816, slaves arose in the largest major slave rebellion in the island’s history. Twenty thousand slaves from over seventy plantations rebelled. They drove whites off the plantations, but widespread killings did not take place. This was later termed “Bussa’s Rebellion” after the slave ranger Bussa, who found the treatment of slaves on Barbados to be “intolerable”, and believed the political climate in the UK made the time ripe to peacefully negotiate with planters for freedom. Bussa’s Rebellion failed. One hundred and twenty slaves died in combat or were immediately executed. Another 144 were brought to trial and executed, remaining rebels were shipped off the island.

Slavery was finally abolished in the British Empire eighteen years later in 1834. In Barbados and the rest of the British West Indian colonies, full emancipation from slavery was preceded by an apprenticeship period that lasted four years.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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RADIO
The left blue stripe represents the sky, whilst the right blue stripe represents the sea. The yellow/gold stripe symbolizes the sand.
The black trident in the centre of the yellow/gold band is the Trident of the Mythical Sea God “Neptune”.
Its broken shaft indicates Barbados’ independence and separation from Britain in 1966, with each point of the trident signifying the three principles of democracy, namely government of, for and by the Barbados people.
BAHAMAS
The golden shield carries two Pride of Barbados flowers. This is the national flower of Barbados. The shield also bears the Bearded Fig Tree which Barbados was named after. These trees can be found throughout the island. The shield is held by a dolphin, symbolic of the fishing industry, and a pelican, associated with Pelican Island, a small island which existed off the coast of Barbados. A helmet and mantling are located just above the shield and a hand holding two crossed pieces of sugar cane, symbolic of the Barbados sugar industry. The saltire cross formed by the cane represents the cross on which St.Andrew was crucified and independence day is celebrated on Saint Andrews Day (30th November). The Coat of Arms bears the island motto “Pride and Industry.”

 In plenty and in time of need
When this fair land was young
Our brave forefathers sowed the seed
From which our pride is sprung,
A pride that makes no wanton boast
Of what it has withstood
That binds our hearts from coast to coast –
The pride of nationhood.

Chorus
We loyal sons and daughters all
Do hereby make it known
These fields and hills beyond recall
Are now our very own.
We write our names on history’s page
With expectations great,
Strict guardians of our heritage,
Firm craftsmen of our fate.

The Lord has been the people’s guide
For past three hundred years.
With him still on the people’s side
We have no doubts or fears.
Upward and onward we shall go,
Inspired, exulting, free,
And greater will our nation grow
In strength and unity.

 

Chorus
We loyal sons and daughters all
Do hereby make it known
These fields and hills beyond recall
Are now our very own.
We write our names on history’s page
With expectations great,
Strict guardians of our heritage,
Firm craftsmen of our fate.

BASIC INFO:

  • TIME ZONE:

    Atlantic Standard Time (AST)

  • CAPITAL CITY

    Bridgetown

  • LANGUAGE

    English

  • INDEPENDENCE

    30th November 1966 from the UK

  • ETHNIC GROUPS

    80% Afro-Bajan (Igbo, Yoruba, Akan, others),
    16% Asian and Multiracial, Arawak,
    4% European (English, Irish, other).

  • POPULATION

    285,719 (2017)

  • NATIONAL DISH

    Cou Cou and Flying fish

    Check out the recipe

  • CURRENCY

    Barbadian Dollar (BBD)

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Dame Sandra Mason

Governor General
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Mia Mottley

Prime Minister

Governor Generals

SIR JOHN MONTAGUE

(1911–1997)

TOOK OFFICE: 30/11/1966 – LEFT OFFICE: 18/05/1967

SIR ARLEIGH WINSTON SCOTT

(1900–1976)

TOOK OFFICE: 18/05/1967 – LEFT OFFICE: 09/08/1976

SIR WILLIAM DOUGLAS (acting)

(1921–2003)

TOOK OFFICE: 09/08/1976 – LEFT OFFICE: 17/11/1976

SIR DEIGHTON LISLE WARD

(1909–1984)

TOOK OFFICE: 17/11/1976- LEFT OFFICE: 09/01/1984

SIR WILLIAM DOUGLAS (acting)

(1921–2003)

TOOK OFFICE: 10/01/1984 – LEFT OFFICE: 24/02/1984

SIR HUGH SPRINGER

(1913–1994)

TOOK OFFICE: 24/02/1984 – LEFT OFFICE: 06/06/1990

DAME NITA BARROW

(1916–1995)

TOOK OFFICE: 06/06/1990 – LEFT OFFICE: 19/12/1995

SIR DENYS WILLIAMS (acting)

(1929–2014)

TOOK OFFICE: 19/12/1995 – LEFT OFFICE: 01/06/1996

SIR CLIFFORD HUSBANDS

(1926–2017)

TOOK OFFICE: 01/06/1996 – LEFT OFFICE: 31/10/2011

SIR ELLIOTT BELGRAVE (acting)

(1931–)

TOOK OFFICE:  01/11/2012 – LEFT OFFICE 30/05/2012

DAME SANDRA MASON (acting)

(1949–)

TOOK OFFICE: 30/05/2012 – LEFT OFFICE: 01/06/2012

SIR ELLIOTT BELGRAVE

(1931–)

TOOK OFFICE: 01/06/2012 – LEFT OFFICE: 30/06/2017

SIR PHILIP GREAVES (acting)

(1931–)

TOOK OFFICE: 01/07/2017 – LEFT OFFICE: 08/01/2018

DAME SANDRA MASON

(1949–)

TOOK OFFICE: 08/01/2018 – INCUMBENT

Prime Ministers

ERROL BARROW

(1920–1987)

TOOK OFFICE: 30/11/1966 – LEFT OFFICE: 08/09/1976

JOHN ADAMS

(1931–1985)

TOOK OFFICE: 08/09/1976 – LEFT OFFICE: 11/03/1985

BERNARD St. JOHN

(1931–2004)

TOOK OFFICE: 11/03/1985 – LEFT OFFICE: 29/05/1986

ERROL BARROW

(1920–1987)

TOOK OFFICE: 29/05/1986 – LEFT OFFICE: 01/06/1987

ERSKINE SANDIFORD

(1937–)

TOOK OFFICE: 01/06/1987 – LEFT OFFICE: 07/09/1994

OWEN ARTHUR

(1949–)

TOOK OFFICE: 07/09/1994 – LEFT OFFICE: 16/01/2008

DAVID THOMPSON

(1961–2010)

TOOK OFFICE: 16/01/2008 – LEFT OFFICE: 23/10/2010

FREUNDEL STUART

(1951–)

TOOK OFFICE: 23/10/2010 – INCUMBENT

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