.Barbados can be considered one of the Caribbean best-kept secret with its white sand beaches and beautiful black people of all different shades of magnificent! Our dearly beloved Robyn Rihanna Fenty comes from this island nation and in recent years has definitely catapulted the need to step foot on the island in your lifetime. With good planning and a quick eye, you can get a ticket for about $198RT. But before you start planning the next vacation, here are a few quick facts you should know about the island!
Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island and an independent British Commonwealth nation. Bridgetown, the capital, is a cruise-ship port with colonial buildings and Nidhe Israel, a synagogue founded in 1654. Around the island are beaches, botanical gardens, the Harrison’s Cave formation, and 17th-century plantation houses like St. Nicholas Abbey. Local traditions include afternoon tea and cricket, the national sport.
- The native name of the island is Ichirouganaim
- Bussa’s Rebellion (14–16 April 1816) was the largest slave revolt in Barbadian history. The rebellion takes its name from the African-born slave, Bussa, who led the rebellion.
- Between 1841 and 1845, Barbados was the healthiest place in the world to live.
- The people of Barbados are called Barbadians. (people from the island call each other Bajan)
- Barbados is an island nation surrounded completely by the Atlantic Ocean. It belongs to the Lesser Antilles (a group of islands in North America).
- The name “Barbados,” is derived from “the Bearded Fig Trees.” ThePortuguese called it Los Barbados, for “the bearded ones”. This is derived from the Bearded Fig Trees once found in abundance on the island. From afar, the trees looked like they had beards, and the country was thus named by the Portuguese explorer Pedro Campos.
- Barbados is the 3rd oldest Parliamentary democracy in the world.
- The last major hurricane to hit Barbados was Hurricane Janet in 1955.
- Barbados is 21 miles long and 14 miles wide.
- Barbados has pure drinking water and was the first Caribbean island to have piped water