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Barbados History: A Quick Timeline of Barbados Historical Events


A brief historical timeline of Barbados, including important dates and events from Barbados’ past. Get an overview of Barbados history in no time.

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.

Timeline of Barbados History & Important Historical Events

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 the United Nations (read more: What is the UN?)

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