Highlighting the beautiful island Barbados, this blog has almost everything you need to know about the island. Nitty gritty stuff. Stuff about the author(s), their life, Barbadian lifestyle, reflections on the local people, and some posts by visitors to the island or links to their blogs.
You will also read about the food, politics, music, and history, and get a feel for the general cultural or philosophical outlook that make Barbados a real gem. 🙂
There is also the Picture Postcard and Correspondence UK series which is a bit of mystery writing for you to puzzle over…get the picture?… and the irregular Letter From London.
So welcome to beautifulbarbados.blog. Where we pay tribute to the rich beauty of the island and its people. Discover why some of us who left its shores long to return. Why those of us who are lucky enough to return, find it bordering on impossible to leave again. . Why quite a few people though not born there choose to lay down roots there and call it their home. Why many of those who visit keep on visiting and why you too should make Barbados part of you itinerary.
Barbados is a small independent nation in the Caribbean, celebrating its 50th anniversary of Independence on November 30, 2016. It has a parliamentary form of government, after the Westminster Model. Since November 30, 1966 when it became officially independent, the island and its people have thrived and prospered in spite of its size and economic challenges.
Located easterly of the Lesser Antilles (The Caribbees) at latitude: 13 10′ of the Equator and longitude: 59 32′ of the Prime Meridan, Barbados is comfortably nestled between the Atlantic Ocean to its east, and the Caribbean Sea to its west. It is fed by the Trade Winds.
It was first inhabited by Amerindians until about the 15th Century when it was claimed by the Spanish/Portuguese. Then in 1625 the English arrived and around 1627 Barbados became an English colony. All that changed with Independence in November 1966.
In 1937 Barbados saw its first and, to date, only riot. This riot, on July 26, was part of a greater labour uprising in the British colonies. It is seen as the beginning of the coherent movement of nationalism and has been credited with sowing the seeds that led to Independence in 1966.
Notwithstanding, Barbados seemed to have been stirring for Independence one way or another long before that. A “spirit of independence” which defied the same political control and apparent economic necessities of slavery, took hold of some colonists back in early days of colonization.
Later though, it was obviously more about all Barbadian people.
10 November 1966 sitting of Lords (Hansard) Barbados Independence Bill
Premier Errol Walton Barrow was to become the first Prime Minister.
The Barbados Constitution is a good thing.
Current Prime Minister The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley Q.C.
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