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. LOCATION: Caribbean, island
between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast
of Venezuela CLIMATE: Tropical; rainy
season (June to October) BORDERS:None More...Barbados
today is a blend of African, English and North American cultures.
Unlike many of the other islands of the Caribbean,
it was colonized by just one European nation -- England. This connection
is still evident throughout Barbados, from the island's particularly
British nickname quot;Bimshirequot;or quot;Bimquot; for short,
to the names of many of the areas throughout the island. In the
mid 1600's, when the first settlers arrived, the island was said
been uninhabited. Therefore, there was no one
to greet the Englishmen who claimed the island for the British
Crown. However, succeeding generations have perfected the art
of hospitality. Word of this must have reached George Washington,
the 1st American president, because Barbados is the only location
outside of the United States that he ever visited.