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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Time for Jamaicans to finally deal with thorny issues

Jamaica Observer 08 Oct 2020
... issues of same-sex unions and the outdated buggery law need to be dealt with ... Only last month Jamaican churches came out in strong opposition to reports out of Barbados suggesting that country's Government is supportive of changing their laws to allow same-sex unions....

Can more countries stop recognizing Queen Elizabeth II?

Metro USA 20 Sep 2020
Aiming at November 2021, before it celebrates the 55th anniversary of independence from British rule, Barbados recently announced its intention to sever ties with the royal family and become a republic ... Metro spoke with Anne Twomey, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney, Australia about the challenges of severing these ties.....

Rihanna’s fans call for singer to replace The Queen as Barbados’ head of state

NME 18 Sep 2020
Rihanna‘s fans have called for the singer to replace The Queen as Barbados’ next head of state, after it was it confirmed that the monarch will be removed when the Caribbean island becomes a republic ... Big up Barbados for this ... — shakira law (@shakiraIaw) September 17, 2020 ... Rihanna for queen of Barbados!

Queen’s removal as head of state is matter for people of Barbados, says palace

Irish Independent 16 Sep 2020
Buckingham Palace has said Barbados’s intention to remove the Queen as head of state and become a republic is a “matter for the government and people” of the Commonwealth country. Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason set out the plan in the “Throne Speech” which traditionally marks the state opening of the Barbados parliament....

‘PhilHealth IT systems can’t detect fraud’

Manila Bulletin 20 Aug 2020
Aside Aragona, Perete said two other PhilHealth officials testified before the task force Wednesday — Corporate Secretary Jonathan Mangaoang and Fact-Finding Investigation and Enforcement Division (FFIED) acting Senior Manager Ernesto Barbado. Though the law creating ......

Emancipation Day – A Reminder That Caribbean Still Needs Justice, Repair

Human Rights 03 Aug 2020
In Barbados, for example, formerly enslaved people and their descendants were excluded from purchasing land under the colonial Contract Law. The effects of the law continued after independence and by 1970, an estimated 77% of land in Barbados rested in the hands of the wealthiest 10% of the country’s landowners....

Jodi-Ann Quarrie: All the possibilities

Jamaica Observer 13 Jul 2020
HAD Jodi-Ann Quarrie got into the Faculty of Law on her first try, she reckons she would not have become the woman she is today ... Instead of continuing at Mona, Quarrie ended up reading for her bachelor of laws degree at UWI's Cave Hill campus in Barbados, where she got to see regional integration in action....

Port Canaveral’s U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant Has Rich Tradition, Long Legacy

Space Coast Daily 07 Jul 2020
During those many years, the cutter and its crews have performed the missions of maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, homeland security, national defense and international engagement ... 4, 1813 ... WATCH ... Vincent, Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, and Antigua in law enforcement, search and rescue, leadership and teamwork techniques ... ....

West Indies cricket chief backs Phil Simmons over funeral attendance

AOL 01 Jul 2020
Phil Simmons has been assured his job as West Indies head coach is under no threat after the Barbados Cricket Association president called on the Trinidadian to be sacked for attending his father-in-law’s funeral ...Conde is a tremendous custodian of the game of cricket in Barbados....

Lauren Elizabeth Gross weds John Deryl McCants Jr.

South Strand News 10 Jun 2020
Lauren Elizabeth Gross of Murrells Inlet and John Deryl McCants Jr. of Georgetown were united in marriage on Nov ... and Mrs ... The luncheon was hosted by Becky McCants, mother of the groom and Lauren Ashley McCants, sister-in-law of the bridge ... Following a honeymoon to Barbados, the couple now resides at their home in Georgetown along with their dog Riley....

Sitting In Limbo: Everything you need to know about the BBC’s Windrush drama

Stylist 05 Jun 2020
Sitting In Limbo ... Posted by Helen Bownass for Life. Share this. Series ... The Windrush generation were people who came to the UK to work, at the invitation of the government, between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries like Jamaica and Barbados. When immigration laws changed in 2012 many were forced to prove their continuous residence in the UK ... Images....

Why the Protests in the U.S. Are an Awakening for Non-Black People Around the World

Time Magazine 05 Jun 2020
The Barbados Slave Code of 1661 marked the beginning of the legal codification of ... As Barbados was the first English colony to create a set of slavery laws, these laws created the foundation ideology for white supremacy that continues to smother Black lives and dreams today....

Hicks column: Charles Town endured hardship with the rise of rice and men

The Post and Courier 24 May 2020
Editor's note. This is the sixth installment of a serialized history of Charleston to commemorate its 350th anniversary ... Fraser Jr ... As the population balance shifted, wary locals adopted Carolina’s first slave laws, and after three attempted to escape, the colonists imposed curfews on them. Most of these regulations were lifted directly from Barbados ... ....

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