Coordinates: 13°10′N 59°33′W / 13.167°N 59.550°W / 13.167; -59.550

Barbados (i/bɑːrˈbdɒs/ or /bɑːrˈbds/) is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles, in the Americas. It is 34 kilometres (21 mi) in length and up to 23 kilometres (14 mi) in width, covering an area of 432 square kilometres (167 sq mi). It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 kilometres (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, it is about 168 kilometres (104 mi) east of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and 400 kilometres (250 mi) north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt. Its capital is Bridgetown.

Inhabited by Kalingo people since the 13th century, and prior to that by other Amerindians, Barbados was visited by Spanish navigators in the late 15th century and claimed for the Spanish Crown. It first appears on a Spanish map from 1511. The Portuguese visited the island in 1536, but they left it unclaimed, with their only remnants being an introduction of wild hogs for a good supply of meat whenever the island was visited. An English ship, the Olive Blossom, arrived in Barbados in 1625; its men took possession of it in the name of King James I. In 1627, the first permanent settlers arrived from England, and it became an English and later British colony.

Latest News for: Law barbados


SVG High Court rejected opportunity to uphold human rights

Human Rights Watch 06 May 2024
Vincent and the Grenadines recently did the opposite, upholding the country’s analogous laws ...People feel they can harass us because of the laws ... Between 2022 and 2024, courts in four countries in the region — Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, and Saint Kitts and Nevis — struck down laws that criminalised consensual same-sex conduct....

One shark attack shouldn’t put you off Tobago

The Spectator 30 Apr 2024
I have swum and snorkelled off that beach many times and so have my children ... It is tucked away at the bottom of the island chain, less well known than its swankier sister destinations of Barbados, Jamaica and St Lucia. The locals like to tell you how back in the 1970s a law was passed forbidding any new hotel to be taller than a palm tree ... ....