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Transcript of Barbados
Currency in Barbados is measured in “Barbadian Dollars”. The main export partners are Tobago, Trinidad, Jamaica and the UK. There is a 12% unemployment rate, and 26.2% of Barbadians ages 15 to 24 are unemployed. Barbados is the third most developed country in the Western hemisphere, after the United States of America and Canada. Barbados sees over 500 000 visitors each year. Barbados has an Independent Parliamentary Democracy. Its legal system was founded in the British common law, and has the third oldest Parliamentary in the Commonwealth. The motto of the Bajans is “Pride and Industry.” People 18 years of age and older are eligible to vote, and women could start voting in 1950. Its Supreme Court is of the United Kingdom and the island has a small coastguard and the Barbados defence Force. The Queen of England is the Head of State. More than 95% of all Barbadians are considered to be Christian. The numbers of people who do not practice Christianity are a very small group. There are approximately 4000 Muslim families in all of Barbados, most of which have emigrated from other countries. Other religious groups include Rastafarians, Hindus, Buddhists and Catholics. Barbados is a place that is very spiritually vibrant for most people, as the majority of families and schools start off their day with a prayer. Education Traditionally, Barbadian women were expected to educate their own children. But traditions have changed. Currently, education is free to all Barbadian children who fall in the ages of 5 to 16. At all schools, attendance is enforced in a very strict manner. Barbados also has one University; University of the West Indies (UWI). UWI offers full degrees in physical, biological, and social sciences, humanities, law and medicine. The cost of tuition is covered for all students, by the government of Barbados. There are also 71 primary public schools, 20 private schools, 23 high schools and The Barbados Community College. Artistic Patterns Bajans are very artistic people. From murals to live music, art can be found all over the island. For many artists, murals are a very common art form. Reflecting their strong African influences, artists create many paintings, murals, sculptures, and crafts such as pottery and jewelry. Barbados has some well-known authors, including essay writer John Wickham, novel author George Lamming (who wrote In the Castles of My Skin) and poet Edward Kamau Braithwaite, who won the Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 1994. Barbados is also home to the very popular singer, Rihanna. Influenced by the neighboring islands of Trinidad and Jamaica, reggae, steel, and calypso music is popular for Barbadians. The tuk band is an indigenous musical tradition which provides beats for all major celebrations. The tuk band is made up of penny-whistles, snare drums, and base drums. Barbadian history goes all the way back to the year 1200 AD, when the first recorded inhabitants were the Arawak Indians. Barbados was later found in 1625, uninhabited by English sailors who claimed the island. By 1640, the English began planting massive fields, producing large amounts of Sugarcane. African slaves were shipped in, to keep up with the demand for labor to the growing sugarcane industry. Barbados gained independence on November 30th 1966. History Barbadians enjoy a large variety of traditional, delicious food that is quite different from Canadian food. Coo Coo, a blend of cornmeal and Okra, along with Flying Fish, are the national dishes of Barbados. Barbadian meals usually emphasize foods like fish, chicken, Okra, and rice. Popular fruits in Barbados include papaya, mangos, guavas, bananas and oranges, which all grow natively to the land. On special occasions a meal of spicy mashed potato, onions, peppers, cucumbers and lime stuffed in a pig stomach along with a boiled pigs head is served. A dish that is traditionally served on Christmas Day in Barbados is a dish called “Jug”. Jug is made up of pigeon meat that is prepared into a stew along with peas, corn, and beef. Food A day in the life of a Barbadian would be filled with many different, exotic activities. In their free time, Barbadians partake in sports such as Cricket, bowling, road tennis, polo, kayaking and surfing.
Also, some hobbies that are very popular are fishing, diving and kite-flying. Recreation & Leisure Barbados would be a delightful place to visit. It’s full of art, culture, amazing experiences, and good times. There are so many things to do there; you can visit the Welchman Hall Gully, experience marine life from the Atlantis submarines, and even walk the plank. In conclusion... PART II
Barbadians moved to Canada mostly for work. They immigrated between 1800 and 1920 as workers for the Cape Breton and Sydney mines. These mines are located in Nova Scotia.
After 1920 there were barely any immigrants from the Caribbean to Canada until 1973.
When they arrived in Canada, Barbadians would probably find it a lot colder than it was in Barbados. Canada has five times the forest area of Barbados. In Canada there are far less people per square kilometer. Barbados is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, in 2010 the approximate population was 288 000. In 1997 there were about 619 people per kilometer squared. 22% of the people are aged 0-14 years old, 69% are aged 15-64 years, and 9% are over 65. The life expectancy for a female is 80 years, 73 for a male.
The flag of Barbados is blue and gold. The blue stands for the sea and sky, while the gold represents the beaches. The trident in the center of the flag is of the mythical sea god, Neptune.
This small island is known as “the land of the flying fish” because of its immense amount of flying fish that live in the surrounding waters, making the flying fish the national symbol. The national flower is the “Pride of Barbados” or caesalpinia pulcherrima.
The average year-round temperature is 29°C with June through October being the rainy season. Barbados is the only island in the Caribbean that has daily flights to the USA, Canada, and England. Bajans are known to be polite and civil. Barbados is a place of many resources. The countries chief exports are sugar cane, molasses, rum, chemicals, electronic components, light manufacturing, and clothing. They also produce petroleum, fish, natural gas, and tobacco. The economy is very reliant on their sugarcane industry. Sugarcane produces sugar. It was introduced to Barbados in 1642 by the Dutch and has since become a huge part of Barbadian history. Resources & Industry Barbados – Words Cited
http://bit.ly/1240g3R ^ Barbadian Fig Tree, which inspired Barbados’ name. http://bit.ly/WBtML4 http://bit.ly/1240g3R ^Barbadian Flag ^ Flying Fish
http://bit.ly/IztKgq By: Kassidy & Kendra Currency in Barbados
http://bit.ly/Xtmy7y Government http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3430/3383179717_86d82845d9_m.jpg Bajan Mural JUG http://bit.ly/YR7r99 Coo Coo http://coursehorse.com/modules/course/images/trinisoul/main/taste-of-barbad_1028_2074_2.jpg Map of Barbados
http://www.ezilon.com/maps/north-america/barbados-maps.html Sugar Cane