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.
Barbados’s first parliament, the House of Assembly, is established. It is the third oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere.
Slavery is abolished.
Riots occur in response to poor economic conditions.
Barbados becomes a member of the Federation of the West Indies.
Barbados becomes independent from Britain.
Barbados is taken off the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) list of uncooperative tax havens.
Talks of offshore oil exploration set off a dispute with Venezuela over their maritime border.