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Visitors to Barbados will find evidence of the island’s colonial past at sites across the island. Permanent English settlers arrived in 1627. Later, sugar plantations brought over tens of thousands of African slaves, whose descendants populate Barbados today. An 1816 rebellion led by the slave Bussa spurred larger uprisings and ultimately led to slavery’s abolition. In 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm with the British monarch as hereditary head of state.
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The Museum of Parliament uses interactive audio and video and exceptional exhibits to trace the development of democracy in Barbados since 1629 and the role played by island residents. The information is housed in the historic West Wing of...
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Garrison, Bridgetown, Barbados

With its fine Georgian buildings, Parliament house, churches and bridges, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. An additional reason why Bridgetown is recognized by UNESCO is because of its...

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Fusilier Rd, Gun Hill, Barbados
Gun Hill offers a panoramic view of Barbados. Used to communicate military emergencies and as rallying points in the event of civil disorder, the station was built as a security measure in 1818. Restored by the Barbados National Trust, it today...
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Dalkeith Rd, Bridgetown, Barbados
Housed in historic buildings originally used as a military prison, the Museum and Historical Society is part of the St. Ann’s Garrison, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building is one of only 12 constructed in the British Empire and...
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St. Nicholas Abbey is a distinctive treasure among Barbados’ many historic buildings. Erected in 1650 amid lush gardens, orchards, and gullies, the abbey includes one of three Jacobean-style homes remaining in the Western Hemisphere. Guided tours...
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Church View, Barbados

Barbados is considered the most British of the West Indies, and its historic churches, which wouldn't be out of place in an English village, help it claim that title. On the site of older churches that were destroyed by fire and hurricanes,...

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Highway 7, Bridgetown, Barbados

Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Historic Bridgetown, the Garrison was Britain's first permanent military base in the Caribbean. Established in 1705, it was the obvious destination for transatlantic traders and naval...

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Magazine Ln, Bridgetown, Barbados
Bridgetown’s ancient mikvah and synagogue in St. Michael parish incorporates a museum and a major archaeological site still under excavation. Barbados’ 17th and 18th century Jewish settlers were of Dutch origin and introduced the windmill to the...
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Bridgetown, Barbados
One of the best days for horse racing in the islands is Boxing Day, or as it’s known in the States, “The Day After Christmas.” This past Boxing Day, I was lucky enough to be in Barbados, so I made a point to pay a visit to the Barbados Turf Club...
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Four Roads, Barbados
It's not done idly when they eschew the term "distillery" in favor of "rum factory and heritage park" in the case of Foursquare. As a "rum factory" they produce tremendous amounts of some of the most loved rums from Barbados. Naturally, you can...