Barbados is definitely an Island. It was formed due to the subduction of oceanic crust of the South American Plate beneath the Caribbean Plate. As the Caribbean plate slides above the other, it scrapes sediment from the South American Plate and this causes the island to rise above the surface of the water. The island is also expanded by the formation coral reefs on the sediments.
Barbados is found in the Caribbean Sea, in the Eastern part of the Lesser Antilles and 270 miles northeast of Venezuela. It is located in the eastern part of the Windward Islands and in the western part of the North Atlantic. It is a sovereign Island country, a state whose primary territory consists of one or more Islands or parts of island, in the Lesser Antilles, a volcanic island arc.
The island of Barbados was discovered by the English who found the island uninhabited. However, their claim is disputed by the archaeologists saying that the island was occupied by the Carib and Arawak Native Americans. It was the British who first established a colony in 1965. The island of Barbados was initially used for plantations of tobacco, cotton and sugar. African slaves were brought in Barbados to work along with the Native Barbadians, for the plantations. They were tied in slavery by the British for the following 310 years. Eventually, a slave revolt took place which abolished slavery by the British Empire. British granted the colony independence in 1966 and it became a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth.
Barbados possesses breathtaking scenery along the beaches and a rich culture and also has lovely people making a visit a truly unique experience in the Caribbean. The people in Barbados are called Bajan or Barbadians. They are described as warm, charming, thoughtful and generous. They are spiritual and religious conscious. They love to party and have fun. They also respect their visitor’s race, background and disposition.
The main attractions in Barbados are cave tours, restored plantation homes, wildlife preserves, water sport, gardens and several variety of attraction. The great city for strolling is Bridgetown because it holds the island’s museum and other historical sightings that show Barbadian’s history and identity. Every July and August, the Barbadians celebrate their biggest festival for the annual sugar-cane harvest. This was practice long during the British colonization and it as still done nowadays.