Barbados: History & Timeline

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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 Maps
    1511
  • English Settle the Island with Slaves
    1627
  • Divided into 6 Original Parishes
    1629
  • Parliament (House of Burgesses) Holds First Meeting
    1639
  • Sugar Plantations Begin First Cultivation
    1640
  • Barbados Becomes English Crown Possession
    1663
  • George Washington Visits
    1751
    His first and only travels outside American mainland.
  • Bussa's Rebellion
    1816
    Largest slave uprising in the country’s history.
  • Slavery Abolished
    1834
  • Gains Independence
    1966
  • Barbados Joins United Nations
    1967
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