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Barbadian History


The first people to reach Barbados are believed to have been farmers and fishermen who arrived by canoe from South America, in approximately 350 AD. There are also known to have been at least two other subsequent waves of immigration from South America prior to the arrival of Europeans: Arawak people from at approximately 800 AD, and Caribs at around 1200 AD.

The first Europeans to reach the island were the Portuguese, who gave Barbados its name, which means "island of the bearded ones" - although it is not known whether "bearded" referred to island's inhabitants or some aspect of the natural landscape. The Portuguese soon conquered the islands, enslaved the indigenous people, and deported them to work on plantations in other Portuguese colonies.

The first English landing in Barbados took place in 1620, when Captain Cataline made a brief stop to collect water. A permanent landing followed in 1625, led by Captain Henry Powell of the ship Olive Blossom, in the area that is today Holetown. When the English arrived in Barbados, there were no indigenous inhabitants left on the islands, and little trace of them either. One of the few signs that the islands hand been inhabited before was a wooden bridge (which became known as "Indian Bridge"), at the site of what has subsequently become Bridgetown.

For the nearly 350 years, Barbados remained a British colony, finally gaining its independence on November 30th 1966. Barbados remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, although there are proposals to make the country into a republic. Barbados is also a founding member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

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The Barbadian Cultural Renaissance: Iconographic Reconstruction and Search for Identity

By Ralph A. Jemmott

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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This book examines the development of Barbadian Culture through the Arts during the period after Independence leading up to the year 2016, and is written and offered in recognition and celebration of Barbados' 50th anniversary of Independence. It is a retrospective on the state of cultural awareness over the past 50 years.

It is divided into three parts, the first of which examines an earlier belief in a 'non-existent Barbadian culture', and discusses the legitimacy of a Barbadian Cultural Renaissance and a 'gradual awakening after the year 1966. Part Two examines the 'iconographic reconstruction' of Barbadian culture, where the previously dominant Eurocentric values are partially replaced by an awareness of the cultural significance of the Black populace, and highlights the more significant contributions of certain 'cultural icons' over a period of 50 years. Part Three challenges the direction in which some aspects of Barbadian culture are heading. "To some degree it may reflect the writer's own cultural ambivalence between the more liberal ingredients... and the older more conservative aspects... What matters ultimately is that 'the culture' in the full sense speaks to those things that advance a genuinely humane enterprise and an enlightened progressivism consonant with human dignity."

"All is not lost; the author's conclusion inspires some sense of achievement and hope."
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The Barbadian Rum Shop: The Other Watering Hole

By Peter Laurie

Macmillan Caribbean
Paperback (136 pages)

The Barbadian Rum Shop: The Other Watering Hole
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There are about a thousand rum shops in Barbados. "The Barbadian Rum Shop" has a dual purpose: to document these special watering holes in photographs and to provide a historical and cultural background to a unique Barbadian institution. It should also encourage Barbadians and visitors alike to experience first hand the exuberant and authentic atmosphere of the Barbadian rum shop.The first section of the book is the fascinating story of rum: where it began, how it is made and the many ways you can drink it. The second gives an insight into the brewing of Barbados' prize-winning beer, Banks - probably the most consumed drink in the rum shop! The third section is a brief social history of the rum shop that shows how this peculiar Barbadian combination of bar and grocery evolved into what it is today. Finally, and most importantly, are featured some of those special rum shops that the reader will find more than worth a visit, as much for the tasty food as the refreshing drink.This is a fascinating and beautifully illustrated guide to a unique Caribbean institution which rum lovers all over the world are sure to enjoy.

Tell My Mother I Gone to Cuba: Stories of Early Twentieth-Century Migration from Barbados

By Sharon Milagro Marshall

University of the West Indies Press
Paperback (219 pages)

Tell My Mother I Gone to Cuba: Stories of Early Twentieth-Century Migration from Barbados
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Barbadians were among the thousands of British West Indians who migrated to Cuba in the early twentieth century in search of work. They were drawn there by employment opportunities fuelled largely by US investment in Cuban sugar plantations. Tell My Mother I Gone to Cuba: Stories of Early Twentieth-Century Migration from Barbados is their story. The migrants were citizens of the British Empire, and their ill-treatment in Cuba led to a diplomatic tiff between British and Cuban authorities. The author draws from contemporary newspaper articles, official records, journals and books to set the historical contexts which initiated this intra-Caribbean migratory wave. Through oral histories, it also gives voice to the migrants' compelling narratives of their experience in Cuba. One of the oral histories recorded in the book is that of the author's mother, who was born in Cuba of Barbadian parents.

Passage To England: Barbadian Londoners Speak of Home

By John Western

Brand: Univ Of Minnesota Press
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Passage To England: Barbadian Londoners Speak of Home
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The Best of Karl Sealy: Bajan short Stories

By Karl Sealy

Trevor Sealy
Released: 2016-11-28
Kindle Edition (97 pages)

The Best of Karl Sealy: Bajan short Stories
 
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Karl Sealy was born on the Caribbean island of Barbados on November 30, 1922. He wrote stories which captured the rich island life of a territory that was coming into its own as it gradually moved towards independence in 1966. The island went on to become a premier tourist attraction and visitors today are enthralled by its natural beauty and the warmth of its people.

Sealy was one of the most prolific Barbadian contributors to Bim magazine in the mid twentieth century, submitting no fewer than twenty short stories in the period spanning 1945 to 1965. Some of his stories serve as historical markers to events that occurred on the island during specific periods. Others highlight the ethos of the period, laying bare the colour and class prejudices that divided the island and its people to reveal a Barbados that was far from perfect. Yet others touch on everyday themes of love and friendship, revealing the writer’s keen insight into the complexities of human nature.

Sealy’s masterful use of language and his ability to say much with few words, are evident in some of his shorter stories and always, one comes away from his writings with the feeling that one has been in the presence of a story teller who is adept at his craft.

Panama Money in Barbados, 1900-1920

By Bonham C. Richardson

Univ of Tennessee Pr
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Panama Money in Barbados, 1900-1920
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Little England: Plantation Society and Anglo-Barbadian Politics, 1627-1700

By Gary A. Puckrein

Brand: New York University Press
Hardcover (272 pages)

Little England: Plantation Society and Anglo-Barbadian Politics, 1627-1700
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Combermere School and the Barbadian Society

By Keith A P Sandiford

University of the West Indies Press
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Combermere School and the Barbadian Society
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Parkinson's Barbados: A collection of photographs of old Barbados (Barbados yesterday & today; no. 1)

By Henry Walter Parkinson

Barbadian Heritage Publications Trust
Paperback (56 pages)

Parkinson s Barbados: A collection of photographs of old Barbados (Barbados yesterday & today; no. 1)
 

The Development of Methodism in Barbados 1823-1883

By Noel Titus Rev.

Peter Lang AG
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The Development of Methodism in Barbados 1823-1883
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Like other plantation societies in the West Indies, Barbadian society was full of those prejudices that were characteristic of the times. Not least of the features of that society was church establishment with its implied - but not enforced - uniformity. The end of slavery did not put an end to these prejudices. It was in such an atmosphere that Methodists sought to establish themselves in this island. This book is an attempt to analyse their experience.


 
 
 

 
 
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