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Transcript of Barbados Island
Position and General information
This beautiful island is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and on the east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea.
Barbados is outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt.
With a population of 284,000 people, with around 80,000 living in or around Bridgetown, the largest city and the country's capital.
The official Barbados language is English, As the official language, English is used in formal settings and written communications.
This Barbados language is a combination of British English and various West African languages.
French and Spanish are the two most common languages taught in schools.
The first English ship, the Olive Blossom, arrived in Barbados in 1624. They took possession of it in the name of the British king James I.
In the very early years, the majority of the population was white and male, with African slaves providing little of the workforce.
From the arrival of the first English settlers in 1627–1628 until independence in 1966, Barbados was under uninterrupted British governance.
Economy and Government
Barbados is the 51st richest country in the world, has a well-developed mixed economy, and a moderately high standard of living.
Historically, the economy of Barbados had been dependent on sugarcane cultivation and related activities, but in the late 1970s and early 1980s it has diversified into the manufacturing and tourism sectors.
Barbados has been an independent country since 30 November 1966.
During the 1990s, at the suggestion of Trinidad and Tobago's Patrick Manning, Barbados attempted a political union with Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana
The Constitution of Barbados is the supreme law of the nation. Historically, Barbadian law was based entirely on English common law with a few local adaptations.
As one of the world's most densely populated isles, the government worked during the 1990s to aggressively integrate the growing south coast of the island into reducing contamination of offshore coral reefs.
Barbados has placed large efforts on protecting its underground aquifers. This island is highly permeable to seepage of surface water into the earth.
The government has placed a huge emphasis on keeping Barbados clean with the aim of protecting the environment and preserving offshore coral reefs which surround the island. Overfishing is another threat which faces Barbados.
The Barbados Defence Force has roughly 600 members; within it, 12-to-18-year-old youngsters make up the Barbados Cadet Corps.
In addition to being one of the world's most densely populated countries, Barbados also has one of the most dense road networks in the world. Although Barbados is only about 34 kilometres at its widest point, a car journey to cross that length can take one and a half hours or longer, thanks to the country's narrow, and rough roads. Barbados has half as many registered cars as citizens in the country.
There is also a helicopter shuttle service, which offers air taxi services to a number of sites around the island, mainly on the West Coast tourist belt.
The mainstream public education system of Barbados is fashioned after the British model. All young people in the country must attend school until age 16. Degree level education in the country is provided by the Barbados Community College, the Samuel JackmanPrescod Polytechnic, and a local Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies.
People and Traditions
They fill your mind with their colourful speech, their walk, their engaging looks and their endless energy and love of life. They are children who will never grow old, no matter what their age, they insist on having fun.
As in many other Caribbean and Latin American countries, Crop Over is an important event for many people on the island, as well as the thousands of tourists that go to the island to participate in the annual events.
Cricket is one of the most followed games in the nation and the Kensignton Oval is often referred to as the 'Mecca in Cricket' due to its significance and contributions to the sport.
As in other Caribbean countries of British colonial heritage, cricket is very popular on the island.
Polo is very popular amongst the rich 'elite' on the island.
The presence of the trade winds along with favourable swells make the southern tip of the Island an ideal location for wave sailing (an extreme form of the sport of windsurfing).
Homes and Gardens
Each year the local Horticultural Society opens some of the island's best private gardens for public viewing.
Barbados is an architectural delight of old and new, of elegance and simplicity, of history and tradition preserved and repeated through the years.
It was the Barbados natural coral limestone, cut out of the terraces of the ancient sea cliffs, that became the distinctive building blocks of the stately homes, setting Barbados apart from its neighbors with their mostly wooden buildings in the Caribbean style.
The name of Barbados comes from the Portuguese name Os Barbados meaning bearded one, because of the bearded fig tree that used to cover the island. The three points of the trident represent the three principles of democracy - government of, for and by the people.
The culture of Barbados is a blend of West African and British cultures present in Barbados.
The people are friendly, fun loving and warm.
February 22nd is Rihannas Day