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Learn more about Barbados.
Flag of Barbados Barbados
Population: 278,289 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Bridgetown
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An Introduction to Barbados
The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. Slaves worked the sugar plantations established on the island until 1834 when slavery was abolished. The economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. The gradual introduction of social and political reforms in the 1940s and 1950s led to complete independence from the UK in 1966. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance.

Barbados map

Map of Barbados ( Location ) : 13 10 N, 59 32 W, Caribbean, island in the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela. For additional reports and educational information specific to Barbados, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Barbadian Flag
Three equal vertical bands of blue (hoist side), gold, and blue with the head of a black trident centered on the gold band; the trident head represents independence and a break with the past (the colonial coat of arms contained a complete trident).

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Barbados.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 0.36%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 69.51 yrs - Male
    • 73.81 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 134,000 (2003)

Televisions:
    • 76,000 (1997)

Radios:
    • 237,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .bb

Did you know ... People from Barbados are called Barbadians
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook