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Barbados is the eastern-most...

by Flaul

Barbados is the eastern-most Caribbean island. It is located at 13.4N, 54.4W. The island, which is less that one million years old, was created by the collision of the Atlantic crustal and Caribbean plates, along with a volcanic eruption. Later coral formed, accumulating to approximately 300 feet. It is geologically unique, being actually two land masses that merged together over the years.

See http://axses.com/encyc/bta/archives/detail-memo.cfm?ID=382 the Barbados Saga Begins - An Island Stands alone (i)

Very Early.

The history of the early settlement of Barbados is being rewritten as a result of recent archaeological discoveries unearthed at the site of Port St. Charles. Artifacts and evidence point to settlement some time around 1623 B.C.

The first indigenous people were Amerindians who arrived here from Venezuela. Paddling long dugout canoes they crossed oceans and currents that challenge modern sailing vessels. On the north end of Venezuela a narrow sea channel called the Dragon's mouth acts as a funnel to the Caribbean sea and the nearest Island of Trinidad. It is a formidable passage of swift flowing water and cross currents. It is dangerous water for an open dugout canoe. But they came, families and villages, adventurers, descendants of the the first people who travelled across the Alaska land bridge, down through Canada and the Americas to the South.

They made their new home in Barbados along the coast, leaving behind hardly a trace, only a hint of evidence for the archeologist to date and dream about. Fragments of tools made of shell, utensils, refuse and burial places convey but a mystery of their time.

Amerindian Civilisation.

The Arawaks were short, olive-skinned people who bound their foreheads during infancy to slope it into a point. They considered this along with black and white body painting to be attractive. The CaÏques (chiefs) and influential members of the tribe wore nose plugs and/or rings made of copper and gold alloys (History of Barbados). They were an agricultural people and grew cotton, cassava, corn, peanuts, guavas, and papaws (papaya). The cotton was woven and used for armbands and hammocks. Cassava was ground and grated to be made into casareep, a seasoning used in cooking. The Arawaks also used harpoons, nets, and hooks, to fish for food (History of Barbados).

See http://axses.com/encyc/bta/archives/detail-memo.cfm?ID=383 Barbados Saga - Matamu and the Turtle

(i) Barbados Saga is a project of WorldSagas.com - History told through the eyes of a story teller.

1200 Carib Indians

In 1200, the Arawaks were conquered by the Caribs. The Caribs were a taller and stronger Amerindian tribe than the Arawaks. They were also cannibals. They were a warlike and savage people who are reported to have barbecued their captives and washed them down with cassava beer. In the History of Barbados, for example, it is reported that Caribs ate an entire French crew in 1596. They were incredibly accurate bowmen and used a powerful poison to paralyze their prey. (History of Barbados).

Portugese

The Portugese came to Barbados en route to Brazil. It was at this time that the island was named Los Barbados (bearded-ones) by the Portugese explorer Pedro a Campos. It was so named, presumably, after the island's fig trees, which have a beard-like appearance.


1492 Spanish

Despite the Caribs' ruthless warlike abilities, the island was taken over by the Spanish in 1492. The Spanish brutally imposed slavery on the Caribs. Slavery and the contagious European small pox and tuberculosis ended the Caribs' existence (History of Barbados). Spain, however, passed Barbados over in favour of the larger Caribbean islands (History of European Overseas Exploration and Empires). This left the island open for anyone who wanted to colonize it.


1625 - 1644 . English Colonisation

The first English ship touched the island on May 14th 1625 under the command of Captain John Powell. The island was therefore claimed on behalf of King James I.

On February 17th 1627, Captain Henry Powell landed with a party of 80 settlers and 10 slaves to occupy and settle the island. This expedition landed in Holetown formerly known as Jamestown. The colonists established a House of Assembly in 1639. It was the 3rd ever Parliamentary Democracy in the world (Barbados History).

People with good financial backgrounds and social connections with England were allocated land. Within a few years much of the land had been deforested to make way for tobacco and cotton plantations.

During the 1630s, sugar cane was introduced to the agriculture. The production of sugar, tobacco and cotton was heavily reliant on the indenture of servants. White civilians who wanted to emigrate overseas could do so by signing an agreement to serve a planter in Barbados for a period of 5 or 7 years. To meet the labour demands, servants were also derived from kidnapping, and convicted criminals were shipped to Barbados. Descendants of the white slaves and indentured labour (referred to as Red Legs) still live in Barbados, they live amongst the black population in St. Martin's River and other east coast regions. At one time they lived in caves in this region.

1644 . 1700 . Sugar and Slavery

A potential market formed for slaves and sugar-making machinery by the Dutch Merchants who were to supply Barbados with their requirements of forced labour from West Africa. The slaves came from Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Cameroon. Many slaves did not survive the journey from Africa, but many thousands still reached their destination.

See http://axses.com/encyc/bta/archives/detail-memo.cfm?ID=384 Barbados Saga -Slave Ships and Human bondage. (i)

The Barbadians dominated the Caribbean Sugar Industry in these early years. The sugar plantation owners were powerful and successful businessmen who had arrived in Barbados in the early years.

Many natural disasters occurred in the late 1600s, such as the locust plague of 1663, the Bridgetown fire and a major hurricane in 1667. Drought in 1668 ruined some planters and excessive rain in 1669 added to their financial problems. However, investment continued in sugar and slaves and was perceived to have good prospects.

By 1720 Barbadians were no longer a dominant force within the sugar industry. They had been surpassed by the Leeward Islands and the Jamaica.

1807 - 1838 . Abolition, rebellion and emancipation

See http://axses.com/encyc/bta/archives/detail-memo.cfm?ID=385 - Barbados Saga - The Bussa Rebellion (1)

After slavery was abolished in 1834, many of the new citizens of Barbados took advantage of the superb education available on the island. After these citizens had been educated, they wanted something more than working in the cane fields. Some of them gained prominent offices in Barbados. Others worked in common jobs, and still others stayed in the cane fields (Barbados History).

Many people were drawn to Barbados because of the climate and slow pace of life. The island was thought of as a cure for 'the vapours' (Barbados History). Even Major George Washington visited the island with his tuberculosis-stricken half brother in hope of ameliorating his illness (Barbados History)

Slavery, abolished in 1834, was followed by a 4-year apprenticeship period during which free men continued to work a 45-hour week without pay in exchange for living in the tiny huts provided by the plantation owners. Freedom from slavery was celebrated in 1838 at the end of the apprenticeship period with over 70,000 Barbadians of African descent taking to the streets with the Barbados folk song:

'Lick an Lock-up Done Wid, Hurray fuh Jin-Jin (Queen Victoria).
De Queen come from England to set we free
Now Lick an Lock-up Done Wid, Hurray fuh Jin-Jin '

See the Emancipation statue, the work of Barbados' best known sculptor Karl Broodhagen.

See http://axses.com/encyc/bta/archives/detail-memo.cfm?ID=386 Barbados Saga - After Emancipation - Diary of black student (i)

1961-1966 Independence

Barbados was first occupied by the British in 1627 and remained a British colony until internal autonomy was granted in 1961. The Island gained full independence in 1966, and maintains ties to the Britain monarch represented in Barbados by the Governor General. It is a member of the Commonwealth. The first leader of Barbados as a free nation was the Right Honourable Errol Walton Barrow, of the Democratic Labour Party. The other major political party is the Barbados Labour Party, led by the current Prime Minister - The Right Honourable Owen Arthur. In 1989, the National Democratic Party was formed. Its leader was Dr.Richie Haynes.


See http://axses.com/encyc/bta/archives/detail-memo.cfm?ID=401 Barbados Saga - Bathsheba; Life in a fishing village over the last century

See all Barbados WorldSaga drafts at AXSES WorldSaga.com Archives

Barbados

by sheffwoz

"Land of my father's"

The picture is me with my brother and mother in Barbados in 1969.

Barbados is the eastern most Caribbean island. It is located at 13.4N, 54.4W. The island, which is less that one million years old, was created by the collision of the Atlantic crustal and Caribbean plates, along with a volcanic eruption. Later coral formed, accumulating to approx. 300 feet. It is geologically unique, being actually two land masses that merged together over the years.

Very Early.

The history of the early settlement of Barbados is being rewritten based on recent archaeological discoveries unearthed at the site of Port St. Charles. Artifacts and evidence points to settlement some time around 1623 B.C.

The first indigenous people were Amerindians who arrived here from Venezuela. Paddling long dugout canoes they crossed oceans and currents that challenge modern sailing vessels. On the north end of Venezuela a narrow sea channel called the Dragons mouth acts as a funnel to the Caribbean sea and the nearest Island of Trinidad. Its a formidable passage of swift flowing water and cross currents. It is dangerous water for an open dugout canoe. But they came, families and villages, adventurers, descendants of the the first people who traveled across the Alaska land bridge, down through Canada and the Americas to the South.

They made their new home in Barbados along the coast, leaving behind hardly a trace, only a hint of evidence for the archeologist to date and dream about. Fragments of tools made of shell, utensils, refuse and burial places convey but a mystery of their time.

Amerindian Civilisation.

The Arawaks were short, olive-skinned people who bound their foreheads during infancy to slope it into a point. They considered this along with black and white body painting to be attractive. The Caiques (chiefs) and influential members of the tribe wore nose plugs and/or rings made of copper and gold alloys (History of Barbados). They were an agricultural people and grew cotton, cassava, corn, peanuts, guavas, and papaws (papaya). The cotton was wove and used for armbands and hammocks. Cassava was ground and grated to be made into casareep, a seasoning used in cooking. The Arawaks also used harpoons, nets, and hooks, to fish for food (History of Barbados).

1200 Carib Indians

In 1200, the Arawaks were taken over by the Caribs. The Caribs were a taller and stronger Amerindian tribe than the Arawaks. They were also cannibals. They were a warlike and savage people who are reported to have barbecued their captives and washed them down with cassava beer. In the History of Barbados, for example, it is reported that Caribs ate an entire French crew in 1596. They were incredibly accurate bowmen and used powerful poison to paralyze their prey (History of Barbados).

Portugese

The Portugese came to Barbados en route to Brazil. It is here that the island was named Los Barbados (bearded-ones) by the Portugese explorer Pedro a Campos. It was so named, presumably, after the islands fig trees, who have a beard – like resemblance.


1492 Spanish

Despite the Caribs' ruthless warlike abilities, the island was taken over by the Spanish in 1492. The Spanish required brutal slavery of the Caribs. The latter and the contagious European small pox and tuberculosis ended the Caribs' existence (History of Barbados). Spain, although, passed Barbados over in favor of the larger Caribbean islands (History of European Overseas Exploration and Empires). This left the island open for anyone who wanted to colonize it.


1625 – 1644 – English Colonisation

The first English ship touched the island on May 14th 1625 under the command of Captain John Powell. The island was therefore claimed on behalf of King James I.

On February 17th 1627, Captain Henry Powell landed with a party of 80 settlers and 10 slaves to occupy and settle the island. This expedition landed in Holetown formally known as Jamestown. The colonists established a House of Assembly in 1639. It was the 3rd ever Parliamentary Democracy in the world (Barbados History).

People with good financial backgrounds and social connections with England were allocated land. Within a few years much of the land had been deforested to make way for tobacco and cotton plantations.

During the 1630’s, sugar cane was introduced to the agriculture. The production of sugar, tobacco and cotton was heavily reliant on the indenture of servants. White civilians who wanted to emigrate overseas could do so by signing an agreement to serve a planter in Barbados for a period of 5 or 7 years. To meet the labor demands, servants were also derived from kidnapping and convicted criminals were shipped over. Descendants of the white slaves and indentured labour (referred to as Red Legs) still live in Barbados, they live amongst the black population in St. Martin River and other east coast regions. At one time they lived in Caves in this region.

1644 – 1700 – Sugar and Slavery

A potential market formed for slaves and sugar-making machinery by the Dutch Merchants who were to supply Barbados with their requirements of forced labour from West Africa. The slaves came from Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Cameroon. Many slaves did not survive the journey from Africa, but many thousands still reached their destination.

The Barbadians dominated the Caribbean Sugar Industry in these early years. The sugar plantation owners were powerful and successful businessmen who had arrived in Barbados in the early years.

Many natural disasters occurred in the late 1600’s, such as the locust plague of 1663, the Bridgetown fire and a major hurricane in 1667. Drought in 1668 ruined some planters and excessive rain in 1669 added to their financial problems. However, investment continued in sugar and slaves and were seen to be hopeful about future prospects.

By 1720 Barbadians were no longer a dominant force within the sugar industry. They had been surpassed by the Leeward Islands and the Jamaicans.

1807 – 1838 – Abolition, rebellion and emancipation

After slavery was abolished in 1834, many of the new citizens of Barbados took advantage of the superb education available on the island. After these citizens had been educated, they wanted something more than working in the cane fields. Some of them took up prominent office in Barbados. Others worked common jobs, and still other stayed in the cane fields (Barbados History).

Many people were drawn to Barbados because of the climate and slow pace of life. The island was thought of as a cure for "the vapors" (Barbados History). Even Major George Washington visited the island with his tuberculosis-stricken half brother" in hope of ameliorating his illness (Barbados History)

Slavery, abolished in 1834, was followed by a 4 year apprenticeship period where free men continued to work a 45-hour week without pay in exchange for living in the tiny huts provided by the plantation owners. Freedom from slavery was celebrated in 1838 at the end of the apprentice period with over 70,000 Barbadians of African decent taking to the streets with the Barbados folk song:

"Lick an Lock-up Done Wid, Hurray fuh Jin-Jin (Queen Victoria).
De Queen come from England to set we free
Now Lick an Lock-up Done Wid, Hurray fuh Jin-Jin "

See the Bussa statue, the work of Barbados' best known sculptor Karl Broodhagen. It is in memory of Bussa, a slave who inspired a revolt against slavery in Barbados.

1961-1966 Independence

Barbados was first occupied by the British in 1627 and remained a British colony until internal autonomy was granted in 1961. The Island gained full independence in 1966, and maintains ties to the Britain monarch represented in Barbados by the Governor General. It is a member of the Commonwealth. The first leader of Barbados as a free nation was Errol Walton Barrow, of the Democratic Labour Party. The other major political party is the Barbados Labour Party, led by the current Prime Minister - The Right Honourable Owen Arthur. In 1984, the National Democratic Party was formed.

My grand mothers house in Bridgecott St Georges. This is one of only two of the countries districts which does not have a coast.

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Port St. Charles Beach AreaPort St. Charles Beach Area

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Accomodation for singles

by grahamb58

I am a 58 years old widower and I have been trying to find a holiday in Barbados especially in the north near Speighstown. But finding a hotel with a single room is almost impossible. Can anyone advise me how to find single accomodation, preferably a hotel with a swimming pool and near the beach.
Graham

Re: Accomodation for singles

by Sunniebgi

HI Graham, While I can't give you anywhere specific, try looking at the hotels listed in www.barbados.org. You may be able to find something through that site. It may also be hard to find a single, depending on the time of year you are traveling. You may want to look closer to Holetown as well as Speightstown.

Re: Accomodation for singles

by bajantraveler

Will be very difficult to find a traditional single room in Barbados. Most hotels will provide a double room at a single price. Not many hotels that far north, but you could check out Little Good Harbour. Would be great to see a nice boutique hotel in Speightstown. You could also check out Port St Charles, Almond Resorts and the Sugar Cane Club Hotel.

Re: Accomodation for singles

by grahamb58

Thank you for your replies to my question. It seems Barbados is not for the single tourist, but I am determined to find somewhere because I really want to go. I need to be near Port st Charles because that is where my daughter will be visiting on a boat. I will ask her to look round for me, but I really would have liked to got something booked myself. Once again, thanks for your help.
Graham

Re: Accomodation for singles

by jublack2000

Hi Graham,

As mentioned in one of the posts above, there are few hotels in this area... actually the entire west coast only has a handful of hotels now. Villas and cottages are much more common, especially since you're travelling by yourself.

Depending on your budget, you might be interested in a 1 bedroom apartment or villa. There are several new developments as well as hotel-to-condo conversions that all have pools. And if you're not into self-catering, many of them are fully managed with housekeeper, butler, chef, whatever you like really.

Have a look at this page:

http://www.greatbarbados.com/accommodations/apartments-condos/st-peter/index.php

Perhaps there are some options there that will suit your needs. Have no fear, Barbados isn't just for couples! ;-)

TOURIST SITES-places of interest

by bacarra

Can anyone please recommend the best authenic barbados local night i.e 'tourist show',also if possibe top five list of things to do -staying in the st jame area.

Fianally how expensive is it to hire a car,50cc bike and a small sailing boat.

Thanks

josephine

RE: TOURIST SITES-places of interest

by BarbadosGuru

BEST AUTHENTIC NIGHT IS OSITINS FISH FRY.....FARRRRR FROM ST JAMES...VERY FAR. THEN THERE IS THE PLANTATION THEATRE DINNER SHOW ALSO FAR. QUITE FRANKLY, UNLESS U ARE AN AVID GOLFER U WONT HAVE MUCH FUN IN ST JAMES WITHOUT A CAR! ABOUT THE ONLY THING IN THAT PART OF THE ISLAND IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS. THE PRICE OF A CAR REALLY DEPENDS ON THE OPTIONS YOU TAKE LIKE INSURANCE ETC. A MINI MOKE(FEATURES OF A SMALL HATCH BACK VEHICLE WITH A CONVERTIBLE ROOF AND NO DOORS)WOULD COST ABOUT US$17-23 A DAY WITH INS. LARGER SEDANS ABOUT US$35 A DAY AND WRANGLER JEEPS ABOUT US$25-35/DAY. A BIKE CAN'T COST MORE THAN 12/DAY UNLESS ITS MOTORIZED THEN 20/DAY....NO AWARE OF ANYWHERE THAT WOULD RENT A SAILBOAT...UNLESS U WANT A HOBIE CAT OR SOMETHING 80/DAY.

RE: TOURIST SITES-places of interest

by bluesky49

Hi josephine,
Oistins fish fry is good on a Friday.This is drinks music and stalls cooking variety of fried fish local stlyle.Gets pretty busy.

Tropical Spectacular at the plantaion restaurant.This is a meal and show reflecting local culture.

Top things to do

Drive around to the East Coast visit Bathsheba and have sunday buffet at either the Crane hotel or Edgwater hotel.

Spend One night in St Laurnece Gap South Coast Party Night.

Swim with the Turtles off a glass bottom boat - Try Just Breezing Watersports
they go from St James www.justbreezingwatersports.com

Have atleast one expensive dining night @ either Daphnes Paynes Pay St James or L'acajou Sandy Lane hotel or la Mer Port St Charles.

To hire a small car is about $300.00 - US Per Week

Depending on which hotel you are staying in, a hobie or sunfish might be included in the package.







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