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    Barbados is the easternmost island in the Caribbean and is considered by some to be an Atlantic Ocean island because of its position 62 miles (100 km) east of any other Caribbean island. It was formed by coral accumulations on limestone rock and thus is a relatively low island. The island was visited by Spanish and Portuguese sailors in the late 15th and early 16th centuries but neither established any settlements. The earliest British settlers began clearing the forests in 1625, and a plantation economy developed based first on tobacco and cotton, and later on sugarcane. Britain held the island firmly until 1966 when it became an independent nation in the British Commonwealth. With many Anglican churches, cricket matches, and Saturday horse races, the island displays its British heritage; however, 90% of the population is descended from African slaves who have built a rich West Indian tradition of calypso music, rum punch, and spicy foods.

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The agricultural land surface is visible from the air
The agricultural land surface is visible from the air
Welcome to Barbados, with a steel drum band
Welcome to Barbados, with a steel drum band
The flat terrain near Bridgetown, the capital
The flat terrain near Bridgetown, the capital
BRIDGETOWN–National Heroes Square and the Parliament buildings on either side
BRIDGETOWN–National Heroes Square and the Parliament buildings on either side
BRIDGETOWN–Parliament building and clock tower built in 1871
BRIDGETOWN–Parliament building and clock tower built in 1871
BRIDGETOWN–St. Michael’s Cathedral, rebuilt 1789, replaced wooden churches from the 1660’s
BRIDGETOWN–St. Michael’s Cathedral, rebuilt 1789, replaced wooden churches from the 1660’s
BRIDGETOWN–The graveyard at St. Michael’s
BRIDGETOWN–The graveyard at St. Michael’s
BRIDGETOWN–Decapitated mourner
BRIDGETOWN–Decapitated mourner
BRIDGETOWN–The Barbados Mutual Life Assurance Building, completed in 1895, is at the west end of Broad Street
BRIDGETOWN–The Barbados Mutual Life Assurance Building, completed in 1895, is at the west end of Broad Street
BRIDGETOWN–Cave Shepherd & Co., Ltd., renowned old department store
BRIDGETOWN–Cave Shepherd & Co., Ltd., renowned old department store
BRIDGETOWN–A monument to the Barbadians killed in World War I
BRIDGETOWN–A monument to the Barbadians killed in World War I
BRIDGETOWN–This statue of Lord Nelson is 27 years older than his monument in London
BRIDGETOWN–This statue of Lord Nelson is 27 years older than his monument in London
BRIDGETOWN–Independence Arch sits on one end of Chamberlain Bridge
BRIDGETOWN–Independence Arch sits on one end of Chamberlain Bridge
BRIDGETOWN–Independence Square, with a statue of Errol Walton Barrow, the first prime minister of Barbados
BRIDGETOWN–Independence Square, with a statue of Errol Walton Barrow, the first prime minister of Barbados
BRIDGETOWN–Dancers at a shopping center
BRIDGETOWN–Dancers at a shopping center
BRIDGETOWN–Broad Street is still the ‘main drag’ for locals and tourists alike
BRIDGETOWN–Broad Street is still the ‘main drag’ for locals and tourists alike
BRIDGETOWN–The Constitution River runs through the center of Bridgetown
BRIDGETOWN–The Constitution River runs through the center of Bridgetown
BRIDGETOWN–Small boats dock in the Careenage and waterfront wharfs provide good eating
BRIDGETOWN–Small boats dock in the Careenage and waterfront wharfs provide good eating
BRIDGETOWN–easyCruise is an offshoot of easyJet and offers discount cruising
BRIDGETOWN–easyCruise is an offshoot of easyJet and offers discount cruising
BRIDGETOWN–The old and the new docked side by side
BRIDGETOWN–The old and the new docked side by side
BRIDGETOWN–Wandering the narrow side streets of Bridgetown to see the local life
BRIDGETOWN–Wandering the narrow side streets of Bridgetown to see the local life
BRIDGETOWN–Rastafarian coconuts
BRIDGETOWN–Rastafarian coconuts
BRIDGETOWN–A boy and his hat collection
BRIDGETOWN–A boy and his hat collection
BRIDGETOWN–Wonderful native paintings advertise a meat market
BRIDGETOWN–Wonderful native paintings advertise a meat market
BRIDGETOWN–An eye-catching, well-protected barber shop
BRIDGETOWN–An eye-catching, well-protected barber shop
BRIDGETOWN–Wonder what ‘Big Tang’ looks like?
BRIDGETOWN–Wonder what ‘Big Tang’ looks like?
GUN HILL–Gun Hill Signal Station, once used for islandwide communications
GUN HILL–Gun Hill Signal Station, once used for islandwide communications
GUN HILL–Gun Hill Tower, built 1818
GUN HILL–Gun Hill Tower, built 1818
GUN HILL–From the top, one can see just about the entire island
GUN HILL–From the top, one can see just about the entire island
GUN HILL–Many small villages dot the countryside
GUN HILL–Many small villages dot the countryside
GUN HILL–A colonial-era regimental lion near Gun Hill
GUN HILL–A colonial-era regimental lion near Gun Hill
A typical ‘Bajan’ house outside of town
A typical ‘Bajan’ house outside of town
A boy and his dog
...er, monkey
A boy and his dog
...er, monkey
HARRISON'S CAVE–A leading attraction on Barbados
HARRISON'S CAVE–A leading attraction on Barbados
HARRISON'S CAVE–Water seeping through the porous soil has formed ...
HARRISON'S CAVE–Water seeping through the porous soil has formed ...
HARRISON'S CAVE–...the usual stalagmites and stalactites seen in caves.
HARRISON'S CAVE–...the usual stalagmites and stalactites seen in caves.
HARRISON'S CAVE–The Cascade Pool is 50 meters below the entrance level
HARRISON'S CAVE–The Cascade Pool is 50 meters below the entrance level
HARRISON'S CAVE–Pool and a waterfall
HARRISON'S CAVE–Pool and a waterfall
ANDROMEDA BOTANICAL GARDENS–The Andromeda Botanic Gardens was once a private estate
ANDROMEDA BOTANICAL GARDENS–The Andromeda Botanic Gardens was once a private estate
ANDROMEDA BOTANICAL GARDENS–The Pride of Barbados, the national flower of Barbados
ANDROMEDA BOTANICAL GARDENS–The Pride of Barbados, the national flower of Barbados
ANDROMEDA BOTANICAL GARDENS–The Gardens have a stunning collection of orchids
ANDROMEDA BOTANICAL GARDENS–The Gardens have a stunning collection of orchids
ANDROMEDA BOTANICAL GARDENS
ANDROMEDA BOTANICAL GARDENS
ANDROMEDA BOTANICAL GARDENS
ANDROMEDA BOTANICAL GARDENS
ANDROMEDA BOTANICAL GARDENS
ANDROMEDA BOTANICAL GARDENS
ANDROMEDA BOTANICAL GARDENS
ANDROMEDA BOTANICAL GARDENS
Ahhhhh! 
This is the life
Ahhhhh!
This is the life
You can swim with sea turtles at a point north of Bridgetown
You can swim with sea turtles at a point north of Bridgetown
Many fine beaches line the Leeward coast
Many fine beaches line the Leeward coast
Some beaches have water toys for the more adventurous...
Some beaches have water toys for the more adventurous...
...or crazy.
...or crazy.
I could stay here...
I could stay here...
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