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Barbados

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History

Former British Caribbean island.

Arawaks inhabited the islands but they had disappeared by mid 16th century, presumably after having been taken by Spaniards as slaves (there is no actual evidence).

The island was difficult to reach by sailing ship because of the position of the suitable landing places and the prevailing winds which is probably the reason the Spaniards did not occupy the island which was colonized by the English in early 1627. No-one else has ruled it since. It is notable for the Irish influence on the local speech patterns because Irish people were sent as slaves.

There were slave-worked sugar plantations. It has been independent since 1966.

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Multi-party elected government.

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Tourism, sugar, cotton, a small amount of oil and gas. The sugar is under threat of closure by new WTO rules which make EU preferences illegal.

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Matthew Parker - the Sugar Barons


The Sugar Barons

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