Barbados: History & Timeline
Here is a brief timeline of important events that have shaped the country 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.
- Barbados First Appears on Spanish Maps1511
- English Settle the Island with Slaves1627
- Divided into 6 Original Parishes1629
- Parliament (House of Burgesses) Holds First Meeting1639
- Sugar Plantations Begin First Cultivation1640
- Barbados Becomes English Crown Possession1663
- George Washington Visits1751His first and only travels outside American mainland.
- Bussa's Rebellion1816Largest slave uprising in the country’s history.
- Slavery Abolished1834
- Gains Independence1966
- Barbados Joins United Nations1967