Highlighting the beautiful island, Barbados.
This blog site pays tribute to the rich beauty of the island and its people, which some of us who left its shores long for; and which, to those of us who are lucky enough to return, makes it impossible for us to want to leave again.
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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, 0nly 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.
Premier Errol Walton Barrow was to become the Prime Minister.