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.

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Two amazing women leading virus response in region

The Philadelphia Tribune 14 Mar 2020
Mia Amor Mottley is the prime minister of Barbados and the newly elected chair of the Caribbean Community, while Dr ... 1, 1965, in Barbados and was educated at Merrivale Private School in Barbados, the United Nations International School in New York and Queen’s College in Barbados. She then obtained a law degree from the London School of Economics....

Calgarian recovering in Florida hospital after being shot while on vacation in Barbados

CTV 25 Feb 2020
Ken Elliott was playing Scrabble with his wife, Linda, brother Rob and sister-in-law Mary on Saturday at a home they were renting in the parish of Christ Church, in Barbados, when two men stormed inside ... ....

The man behind the global struggle to create digital taxes

Politico 22 Feb 2020
It successfully reworked global tax rules to stop companies shifting much of their profits, often through opaque shell companies and complex corporate structures, to low-tax havens like Bermuda and Barbados ... law firm Caplin & Drysdale and a former senior official at the U.S....

Senator backs call to increase pay of MPs

Jamaica Observer 04 Feb 2020
He argued that with the pay that MPs get there could be persons in their ranks who could be tempted into corruption ... In other countries like Singapore or Barbados, they pay their legislators well and if the legislators breach the rules, the laws are there, very strong and robust to get rid of them,” said Morgan ... “It is time to stop that ... ....

Bask in Bajan beauty at the Crane Resort

Canada Dot Com 11 Jan 2020
Gazing out from my veranda at the Crane Resort in Barbados, watching the waves roll in and the palm trees sway in the easterly trade winds, I can almost convince myself I see Africa ... — It is against the law to wear camouflage clothing in Barbados and to carry items made of camouflage material....

The region which legislates who you can love

BBC News 01 Jan 2020
Like in most Caribbean countries, the "buggery law" is rarely enforced ... It's ingrained in society," Ms Lake explains.Homophobic laws. ... In her native Barbados, many are afraid to take on the island's homophobic law "for fear of becoming persona non grata" ... "It's not the law being challenged but the word of God," he says....

More praises for Lady Walrond

The Gleaner 18 Dec 2019
Jamaicans in Barbados and abroad are mourning the loss of illustrious attorney-at-law, Lady Beverley Walrond, QC, who succumbed two Saturdays ago to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Miami early this month. Honorary consul for... ....

The Year of the Patient Builder and the Persistent Bully

Helena Bitcoin Mining 18 Dec 2019
Governments are seeing use-cases as well ... This is happening with multiple jurisdictions at multiple levels, as states are using money transmitter laws in new ways. Thankfully, governments like Wyoming and Barbados are actively looking ahead to enable our industry; however, it’s a sad state when allowed activities need to be spelled out ... ....

Beverley Walrond remembered as legal luminary, fierce advocate

The Gleaner 16 Dec 2019
Jamaicans in Barbados and abroad are mourning the loss of attorney-at-law Lady Beverley Walrond Q.C who died recently. Walrond succumbed on Saturday, December 7 to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle crash in Miami days earlier. “The... ....

Slavery, economics and race in Colonial Va., NC

Daily Advance 15 Dec 2019
Many of the first slaves in Virginia and what is now North Carolina were brought to the colonies from the West Indies, especially Barbados, or other surrounding colonies ... Colonial laws were enacted to allow whites to control their slaves. Because English law provided no precedents ......

OAS commission holds hearing on Jamaica sodomy law challenge

Washington Blade 19 Nov 2019
Alexa Hoffman, a transgender activist in Barbados, along with a gay man and a lesbian woman in 2018 brought a challenge to their country’s sodomy law to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights ... 1 said it plans to challenge sodomy laws in Barbados and four other Caribbean countries — St....

Wayne Rooney and sons spend half-term on the beach as poorly Coleen stays at home

Metro UK 21 Oct 2019
Wayne is sunning himself in Barbados (Picture ... But her husband and kids seemed pretty chill as they holidayed in Barbados. Wayne, 33, was seen touching down in Barbados to join his in-laws Colette and Anthony McLoughlin and his sons Kai, nine, Klay, six and three-year-old Kit. Wayne joined his kids and in-laws at the resort (Picture....