Barbados is an island nation in the Caribbean, located east of the Windward Islands and north of South America. According to homosociety, it has a population of around 287,000 people and the official language is English. The capital city is Bridgetown, located on the island’s southwest coast. The currency used in Barbados is the Barbadian Dollar (BBD), which is pegged to the US Dollar. The economy of Barbados relies heavily on tourism; it accounts for more than half of its GDP and employs more than a quarter of its workforce. Other major sectors include manufacturing, financial services and offshore banking. Barbados is also known for its natural beauty; it has many pristine beaches, coral reefs and lush tropical forests that attract tourists from all over the world.
At the arrival of the Europeans in the early 16th century, the island was inhabited by Arab-speaking Indians, who were evicted by the Spaniards as slaves to Hispaniola (Haiti). In the 1620s, English colonizers settled in Barbados. They built sugar plantations and, as a labor force, imported slaves from Africa. Barbados became a British crown colony in the mid-17th century and ruled by a British governor.
During the years 1937–38, several uprisings broke out in the British colonies in the Caribbean, including Barbados, as a result of economic problems and a sharp increase in population. See abbreviationfinder for geography, history, society, politics, and economy of Barbados. To curb the unrest, Britain pledged financial support and increased self-determination. Barbados gained full autonomy in 1966. Independent Barbados policy has been dominated by the problems that the country’s fragile economy has caused. Social unrest has increased as a result of public cuts and drug smuggling. Political power has since 1966 been held in fairly even ten-year terms by the two largest parties New National Party (NNP) and National Democratic Congress(NDC). In the 21st century, the BLP mainly pushed the issue of a constitutional change that would mean Barbados becoming a republic and the British head of state being replaced by an elected president.
- COUNTRYAAH.COM: Provides latest population data about Barbados. Lists by Year from 1950 to 2020. Also includes major cities by population.