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Barbados History and Culture

When the Portuguese explorer Pedro a Campos first found Barbados in the 17th century, he named it Barbados, which in Portuguese means “the bearded ones”.
The Amerindian Arawaks were believed to be living on the island before the English first settled in 1627. Soon, thousands of African and European slaves were shipped over to Barbados to maintain the sugarcane industry which was flourishing.
Barbados was the only island in the Caribbean to remain under British rule for more than three centuries without any interruptions. The island finally achieved its independence within the Commonwealth in 1966.

The British influence from its first settlement in 1627 has greatly affected the Barbados' culture. However, the more flamboyant African presence is strong as well.
African influence is readily seen in the art, craft and literary works produced on the island, as well as the range of food and figures of speech. The blend of these two cultures is evident in the island's daily live, from the food to the music to the infrastructure of the island.


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