Barbados, is the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands, sitting 100 miles (160 km) east of the Windward Islands.
Barbados was inhabited by its indigenous peoples – Arawaks and Caribs – prior to the European colonization of the Americas in the 16th century. Barbados was briefly claimed by the Portuguese from 1532 to 1620. The island was English and later a British colony from 1625 until 1966, when Barbados gained full independence as a member of the Commonwealth. In 2021 Barbados removed the British monarch as the ceremonial head of state, casting off the last vestiges of colonialism and became a Republic within the Commonwealth of Nations.
With its pink sands and emerald-blue water, Barbados has one of the most unforgettable coastlines in the Caribbean, hence the name, the Platinum Coast. The capital city is Bridgetown, which is steeped in history and legend, has a vibrant local culture.
Of Note: According to UNESCO, Barbados has, one of the highest literacy rates in the world with an adult literacy rate of 99.6%. The Barbados Stock Exchange or BSE is Barbados’ main stock exchange. Its headquarters are in the capital-city Bridgetown.
Currency: Barbados Dollar
Language: English, Barbadian Creole
Culture Name: Barbadian or slang: Bajan
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