Updated: 2019-06-23.

Here is a brief timeline of important events that have shaped the country of Barbados and its people; the focus here will be geared towards recent events (from 100 years ago or so), located towards the bottom, but we’ll begin with more ancient events first.

1511 – Barbados First Appears on Spanish Maps

1627 – English Settle the Island with Slaves

1629 – Divided into 6 Original Parishes

1639 – Parliament (House of Burgesses) Holds First Meeting

1640 – Sugar Plantations Begin First Cultivation

1663 – Barbados Becomes English Crown Possession

1751 – George Washington Visits, His first and only travels outside American mainland.

1816 – Bussa’s Rebellion, Largest slave uprising in the country’s history.

1834 – Slavery Abolished

1966 – Gains Independence

1967 – Barbados Joins United Nations

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