Largest Cities in Barbados
Facts about Barbados
Official languages: English
Area: 431 km²
Population: 285,653 residents
Population density: 662.77 residents per km²
Internet TLD: .bb
ISO codes: BB, BRB, 52
The telephone code for Barbados is + 1-246
Flag of Barbados
Barbados was settled in the 17th century by the British, who established sugar plantations cultivated by an imported black slave population. Sugar cane remained the main commodity even after the abolition of slavery in 1834. It was not until the 20th century that extensive reforms took place and the island gained independence from Britain in 1960. And this moment is to be symbolized by the black trident separated from the shaft as the central motif of the Barbados flag, which was adopted in 1966. In colonial times, the flag carried the entire trident. Each of the peaks of the trident commemorates one democratic principle, the two blue vertical stripes represent the sea and the sky, and the middle yellow stripe represents the sand.
Barbados is an independent state in the Commonwealth and the easternmost island of the West Indies, north of Saint Vincent. See Barbados Location on World Map. In the 16th century, the Portuguese were the first Europeans to reach the island inhabited by Arawak and Caribs. The island was only colonized by British settlers after 1620. After independence, a parliamentary democracy developed in Barbados, aware of its history and traditions.
Barbados’ economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum and syrup production well into the 20th century. In the 1990s, the tourism industry and the craft production of the sugar industry lost their economic rank.
Biggest Cities of Barbados by Population
According to Abbreviation Finder, Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados. 110,000 people live in the city. The Constitution River flows into the sea at Bridgetown. This estuary is called the Careenage and is now used as a marina. The central square and the parliament building can also be found here. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
When English settlers landed on Barbados in 1628, they found the island uninhabited, but there was a simple bridge over the marshy estuary. That is why they initially called the place that the British founded Indian Bridge (Indian Bridge). The town was later called the Town of Saint Michael and then Bridgetown.