Barbados: History

  1. 1627

    Captain Henry Powell brings a group of English settlers to the island, establishing it as a British colony. Many African slaves are brought to the islands to work on the sugar plantations.

  2. 1639

    Barbados’s first parliament, the House of Assembly, is established. It is the third oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere.

  3. 1834

    Slavery is abolished.

  4. 1937

    Riots occur in response to poor economic conditions.

  5. 1958

    Barbados becomes a member of the Federation of the West Indies.

  6. 1966

    Barbados becomes independent from Britain.

  7. 2002

    Barbados is taken off the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) list of uncooperative tax havens.

  8. 2008

    Talks of offshore oil exploration set off a dispute with Venezuela over their maritime border.


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