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, of which the economy depends on.

  2. 1663

    Barbados becomes an English crown possession.

  3. 1834

    Slavery is abolished in Barbados.

  4. 1937

    Poor economic conditions lead to large scale rioting.

  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 after being placed on the list two years prior.


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