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Barbadian History


The first people to reach Barbados are believed to have been farmers and fishermen who arrived by canoe from South America, in approximately 350 AD. There are also known to have been at least two other subsequent waves of immigration from South America prior to the arrival of Europeans: Arawak people from at approximately 800 AD, and Caribs at around 1200 AD.

The first Europeans to reach the island were the Portuguese, who gave Barbados its name, which means "island of the bearded ones" - although it is not known whether "bearded" referred to island's inhabitants or some aspect of the natural landscape. The Portuguese soon conquered the islands, enslaved the indigenous people, and deported them to work on plantations in other Portuguese colonies.

The first English landing in Barbados took place in 1620, when Captain Cataline made a brief stop to collect water. A permanent landing followed in 1625, led by Captain Henry Powell of the ship Olive Blossom, in the area that is today Holetown. When the English arrived in Barbados, there were no indigenous inhabitants left on the islands, and little trace of them either. One of the few signs that the islands hand been inhabited before was a wooden bridge (which became known as "Indian Bridge"), at the site of what has subsequently become Bridgetown.

For the nearly 350 years, Barbados remained a British colony, finally gaining its independence on November 30th 1966. Barbados remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, although there are proposals to make the country into a republic. Barbados is also a founding member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

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Books about Barbadian History


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Fun Facts Barbados: Lick off ya Head

By Ravi Shankar

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Released: November 5th, 2022
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  • EAN: 9798362350376
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  • Format: Large Print
  • Number of Pages: 107
  • Author: Ravi Shankar
  • Publication Date: November 5th, 2022
  • Release Date: November 5th, 2022
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  • Size: 11.0 inches by 8.5 inches by 0.25 inches
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Archaeology below the Cliff: Race, Class, and Redlegs in Barbadian Sugar Society (Caribbean Archaeology and Ethnohistory)

By Matthew C. Reilly

University Alabama Press
Released: September 3rd, 2019
Hardcover (272 pages)

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  • Manufacturer: University Alabama Press
  • Brand: University Alabama Press
  • ISBN: 0817320288
  • EAN: 9780817320287
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  • Format: Illustrated
  • Edition: First Edition, First
  • Number of Pages: 272
  • Author: Matthew C. Reilly
  • Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
  • Release Date: September 3rd, 2019
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  • Size: 9.0 inches by 6.0 inches by 1.2 inches
  • Weight: 1.23899791244 pounds
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Barbados Word Search: 40 Fun Puzzles With Words Scramble for Adults, Kids and Seniors | More Than 300 Barbadian Words On Barbados Island, Famous ... History and Heritage, Barbadians Terms

By BarbadosWords Publishing

Independently published
Released: April 26th, 2021
Paperback (65 pages)

Barbados Word Search: 40 Fun Puzzles With Words Scramble for Adults, Kids and Seniors | More Than 300 Barbadian Words On Barbados Island, Famous ... History and Heritage, Barbadians Terms
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  • EAN: 9798744557836
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  • Number of Pages: 65
  • Author: BarbadosWords Publishing
  • Publication Date: April 26th, 2021
  • Release Date: April 26th, 2021
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  • Size: 10.0 Inches by 7.0 inches by 0.15 Inches
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A Return to Roots: "CuBajans" in Barbados

By Sharon Milagro Marshall

The University of the West Indies Press
Released: January 14th, 2022
Paperback (244 pages)

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  • ISBN: 9766408815
  • EAN: 9789766408817
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  • Number of Pages: 244
  • Author: Sharon Milagro Marshall
  • Publication Date: January 14th, 2022
  • Release Date: January 14th, 2022
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  • Size: 9.0 Inches by 6.0 Inches by 0.75 Inches
  • Weight: 0.81 pounds
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Murders that shocked Barbados

By Kim Ramsay

Kim Ramsay
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  • Number of Pages: 265
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In Plenty and in Time of Need: Popular Culture and the Remapping of Barbadian Identity (Critical Caribbean Studies)

By Lia T. Bascomb

Rutgers University Press
Released: December 13th, 2019
Paperback (306 pages)

In Plenty and in Time of Need: Popular Culture and the Remapping of Barbadian Identity (Critical Caribbean Studies)
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  • Manufacturer: Rutgers University Press
  • Brand: Rutgers University Press
  • ISBN: 197880394X
  • EAN: 9781978803947
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  • Format: Illustrated
  • Edition: None
  • Number of Pages: 306
  • Author: Lia T. Bascomb
  • Publication Date: December 13th, 2019
  • Release Date: December 13th, 2019
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  • Weight: 0.96121546232 pounds
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Barbados Word Search: 40 Fun Puzzles With Words Scramble for Adults, Kids and Seniors | More Than 300 Barbadian Words On Barbados Island, Famous ... History and Heritage, Barbadians Terms

By BarbadosWords Publishing

Independently published
Released: April 26th, 2021
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  • EAN: 9798744557935
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  • Number of Pages: 65
  • Author: BarbadosWords Publishing
  • Publication Date: April 26th, 2021
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Panama Money Barbados: 1900-1920

By Bonham C. Richardson

Univ Tennessee Press
Released: February 21st, 1986
Hardcover (308 pages)

Panama Money Barbados: 1900-1920
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  • ISBN: 0870494775
  • EAN: 9780870494772
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  • Edition: First Edition
  • Number of Pages: 308
  • Author: Bonham C. Richardson
  • Publication Date: February 21st, 1986
  • Release Date: February 21st, 1986
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  • Size: 8.75 inches by 5.75 inches by 0.75 inches
  • Weight: 1.3007273458 pounds
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Barbados Ah Come From: Dem Did De Days &Other Bajan Poems

By Osbert Wilton McClean BJH

Osbil Productions
Released: August 24th, 2021
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  • Number of Pages: 40
  • Author: Osbert Wilton McClean BJH
  • Publication Date: August 24th, 2021
  • Release Date: August 24th, 2021
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  • Weight: 0.13 pounds
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Combermere School & Barbadian Soc

By Keith A.P. Sandiford

The University of the West Indies Press
Released: August 1st, 1995
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  • ISBN: 9766400148
  • EAN: 9789766400149
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  • Number of Pages: 192
  • Authors: Keith A.P. Sandiford, Earle H. Newton
  • Publication Date: August 1st, 1995
  • Release Date: August 1st, 1995
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