1966 Barbados Independence from Britain


Written By: Anthony De Vere PhillipsWoodville K. MarshallChristopher Stewart Jackson
Last Updated: Oct 3, 2019 See Article History

Barbados, an island nation in the Caribbean situated about 100 miles (160 km) east of the Windward Islands, had gained internal self-rule in 1961 and achieved its full independence from Britain on this day in 1966.

The geographic position of Barbados has profoundly influenced the island’s history and culture and aspects of its economic life. Barbados is not part of the nearby archipelago of the Lesser Antilles, although it is usually grouped with it. The island is of different geologic formation; it is less mountainous and has less variety in plant and animal life. As the first Caribbean landfall from Europe and Africa, Barbados has functioned since the late 17th century as a major link between western Europe (mainly Great Britain), eastern Caribbean territories, and parts of the South American mainland. The island was a British possession without interruption from the 17th century to 1966, when it attained independence. Because of its long association with Britain, the culture of Barbados is probably more British than is that of any other Caribbean island, though elements of the African culture of the majority population have been prominent. Since independence, cultural nationalism has been fostered as part of the process of nation-building.

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the idea that Barbados and other Caribbean locations are great for travellers yet, those going back and forth probably don’t think about the Caribbean other than grabbing land or a vacay … It just seems like those who visit frequently land grab should pay a little extra for upkeep ..yes, the government needs a whole lot of guidance