Get to Know Barbados Before You Travel There This Winter
Barbados is the eastern-most Caribbean island. The island was created by the collision of the Atlantic crustal and Caribbean plates, along with a volcanic eruption. Later coral formed, accumulating to approximately 300 feet. It is geologically unique, being actually two land masses that merged together over the years.
The first indigenous people were Amerindians who arrived here from Venezuela. In 1200, the Arawaks were conquered by the Caribs. The Caribs were a stronger Amerindian tribe than the Arawaks and cannibals. They were a warlike and savage people who are reported to have barbecued their captives and washed them down with cassava beer. The Portugese came to Barbados en route to Brazil. It was at this time that the island was named Los Barbados (bearded-ones) by the Portugese explorer Pedro a Campos. It was so named, presumably, after the island's fig trees, which have a beard-like appearance. Barbados was first occupied by the British in 1627 and gained full independence in 1966. They still maintain ties to the Britain monarch.
Barbados offers sun, two seas, and an indescribable richness of color. The island abounds with exotic locations and exciting history, while the extensive variety of culture, sports and activities make Barbados the gem of the Caribbean.
Visit Harrison’s Cave - a magnificent, crystallized limestone cavern said to be one of the wonders of the world. You will also see magnificent trees with possibly the widest tree-trunks to be found in the Caribbean, the baobab trees. There are only three remaining "Jacobean Mansions" left in the Western hemisphere and two of them are in Barbados. Morgan Lewis is one of the only two intact and restored sugar mills in the Caribbean. One recently revealed “secret” is that Barbados has the world's rarest collection of 17th century English iron cannon.
So whether you are looking for history, wonders or just beautiful beaches, Barbados could be your next choice.
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