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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Dominica strikes down laws prohibiting gay sex

The Philadelphia Inquirer 24 Apr 2024
It’s the latest nation to repeal such laws in the socially conservative region, joining Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St....

Dominica joins other Caribbean islands in striking down laws prohibiting gay sex

Beaumont Enterprise 24 Apr 2024
It’s the latest nation to repeal such laws in the socially conservative region, joining Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St....

‘Children won’t be able to survive’: inter-American court to hear from climate victims

AOL 22 Apr 2024
“The inter-American court is generally known and sees itself as a court that is much more willing to innovate with the law and to draw on sources from around the world,” said Sophie Marjanac, accountable corporations lead at environmental law charity ClientEarth who will be speaking at the Barbados hearing....

Their route to marriage started 50 years ago on the Dawes Road bus

Toronto Sun 17 Apr 2024
It was “bump” at first sight on the 23 Dawes Road TTC bus 50 years ago.Advertisement 2. Story continues below ... View more offers ... She had put in job applicationsto work at a downtown Toronto law firm. By the time they met, Carl had already been in Toronto for some time after moving from Barbados to work in the financial field with an investment firm ... ....

Presidents Petro and Maduro Met Yesterday in Caracas, Venezuela

Colombia One 10 Apr 2024
President Nicolas Maduro explained in detail the progress of the electoral process for July 28, for which 13 candidates from 37 political organizations have registered, all following Venezuelan laws and the discussions held between the Venezuelan government and the opposition parties, reflected in the Barbados and Caracas agreements.”....

International Court Issues First-Ever Decision Enforcing the Right to a Healthy Environment

Scheerpost 03 Apr 2024
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights will hold hearings in Barbados and Brazil in April and May on a forthcoming on governments’ obligations for responding to climate change under various human rights’ laws ... Katie Surma is a reporter at Inside Climate News focusing on international environmental law and justice....