Barbadosian national flag
Region:Caribbean region
Population:287,375 (184th Rank)
Size:430 km² (201th Largest)
Density:668 per Km2
Currency:Barbados Dollar
National flower:Pride of Barbados
National dish:Cou-cou and flying fish

Quick Facts

Birthplace of Rum: Barbados is often credited as the origin of rum. The island’s sugar cane plantations led to the development of this popular spirit, and the world’s oldest commercial rum distillery, Mount Gay, has been operating in Barbados since 1703.

Unique Geological Composition: Unlike many other Caribbean islands that are of volcanic origin, Barbados is primarily composed of coral limestone. This results in white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters that are perfect for snorkeling and diving.

Political Stability: Barbados is known for its stable government and strong democratic traditions. The island became an independent nation on November 30, 1966, after breaking away from British colonial rule, and it has maintained a peaceful political climate ever since.

Cultural Fusion: The island’s rich cultural tapestry is a blend of African, British, and indigenous influences. This melting pot is evident in its cuisine, music, and festivals, the most notable of which is the annual Crop Over Festival celebrating the end of the sugar cane harvest.

Harrison’s Cave: One of the island’s natural wonders, Harrison’s Cave is a crystallized limestone cavern that features flowing streams, deep pools, and awe-inspiring stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is accessible to the public and offers a unique subterranean experience.

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