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Flag : Barbados
 

 
Fact file : Barbados
 
Area430 sq km
CapitalBridgetown
Population277,264
LanguageEnglish
CurrencyBarbados dollar

 

Barbados

The island-country of Barbados in the Caribbean is represented by a tiny dot on world maps. It has an area of about 430 sq km and a population of under 3 lakh. Most of the people are descendants of African slaves brought to work on the sugar plantations by the British who settled there in 1652. Barbados was a British colony until 30 November, 1966, when it gained independence and became a constitutional monarchy with the British queen as head, represented by a governor-general.
The British have left an indelible mark on the island. Traffic moves on the left as in Britain and in most other former British colonies; everyone speaks English and cricket is the national game (the island has produced great all-rounders like Sir Garfield Sobers and Sir Frank Worrell). In the capital Bridgetown, the harbour police wear uniforms that have remained unchanged from the time of the great British admiral, Lord Nelson.
Sandy beaches and a pleasant climate all the year round make it an attractive tourist destination and indeed, tourism is the major money spinner here. Barbados’ Wildlife Reserve is home to two species of animals unique to the island: the green monkey and the large red-footed tortoise.

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