- Location: Caribbean Sea
- Capital: Bridgetown
- Language(s): English, Bajan
- Population: 294,574
- Total Area: 430 sq km
- Currency: Barbadian Dollar
- Curious Alcohol Fact: Women sometimes use Barbados rum while cooking.
- Annual Average Liquor Consumption Per Capita: 6.90 liters
- Most Popular Drink(s): Beer, rum and fruit juices.
Even though Barbados is sometimes classified as being part of the Lesser Antilles, many geographers believe that Barbados is strictly not part of the archipelago. Shaped like a triangle, the island is to the east of the Windward Islands. Located in the West Indies, Barbados is in the easternmost part of the Caribbean and it was ruled by British imperialists for over three centuries. There is virtually no place you will visit on the island without seeing all the fascinating remnants of the British colonial days. It was not until the year 1966 that the island became an independent state. The capital city is Bridgetown and it also doubles as the principal port for the island nation. Bridgetown is located in the southwestern portion of the country. The country is known for its shiny beaches full of white, pure sand. Every year, tourists in their numbers from various parts of the globe throng the beaches. Like many of the other island states in the Caribbean, tourism is a major contributor to the Barbadian economy and it provides employment for many of the citizens.
The vast majority of the people residing on the island are descendants of West Africans who came to the island nation to work as slaves. These slaves were brought in waves during the infamous era of Transatlantic Slave Trade. An overwhelming proportion of the people in the country reside in the capital city of Bridgetown. Those with African roots make up as much as 90% of the population. Other ethnic groups on the island include Europeans and those with mixed heritage. A majority of the Europeans in Barbados have ancestors who migrated from the United Kingdom. Christianity is the major religion of most of the people and the most important denominations include the Methodists, Pentecostals and the Anglicans. Expectedly, the official language in Barbados is English.
For many of the citizens in the nation, the most popular delicacy is called coucou and flying fish. The meal is prepared using corn flour, okra and spices. Getting the flying fish is not a problem. Various alcoholic drinks and fruit juices are also available.
The national sport of the island nation of Barbados is cricket. As a matter of fact, the legendary Frank Worrell is from the island. Apart from cricket, there are other sports that are other sports which are thoroughly enjoyed in various parts of the island. These include football, polo, golf, netball and athletics. There are also various colorful carnivals and festivals like the annual Crop Over carnival. There are very lovely places to be visited while touring the island. These include:
- Chalky Mount Potteries
- Barbados Wildlife Reserve
- Bridgetown Synagogue
- Conset Bay
- Ilaro Court
- The population density of the island country is one of the highest in the world.
- Barbados is the home country of popular singer, Rihanna.
- There is only one airport on the island.
- Bim and Bimshire are some of the nicknames of Barbados.
- Barbados became an independent nation in 1966.
- Corruption in Barbados is one of the lowest in the world.
- Ichirouganaim is the original name of the island, and it means 'red land with white teeth'.
- Of all the islands in the Lesser Antilles, Barbados is the easternmost.
- Barbados has one of the largest stock exchanges in the region.
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