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- Barbados is the birthplace of rum. You’re welcome world!

- Barbados was British from 1627 until independence in 1966, and never changed hands unlike the other Caribbean islands.

- Barbados has the third oldest parliament in the Commonwealth, established in 1639.

- Grapefruit was created in Barbados by an accidental cross between two introduced species - sweet orange and pomelo or shaddock. We don’t think this is as great as the creation of rum, but it’s still worthy of a mention.

- George Washington visited Barbados in 1751 at the age of 19. He contracted small pox while in Barbados making him immune to the disease that killed many of his troops during the War of Independence. He also studied the Charter of Barbados, parts of which were used to help draft the Declaration of Independence. He also visited the British forts and discussed military strategy, and learned agricultural techniques later used at Mount Vernon.

- Seven of the first twenty one governors of the Carolinas in the USA were Barbadian.

- A Barbadian signed the Declaration of Independence of the United States and a Barbadian was the printer.

- The statue of Lord Nelson Statue, erected in Bridgetown in 1813, is older than the statue in Trafalgar square in London.

- Sir Garfield Sobers is widely considered to be cricket's greatest all-rounder and is now a National Hero of Barbados. Cricket is the island’s national sport.

- Rihanna is also a famous Barbadian.  

- Bridgetown and its Garrison is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2011. We do acknowledge that Bridgetown has several buildings in need of repair that hopefully will be refurbished in the near future.   

- Barbados is a coral island and the highest point is only 1,115 feet or 343 metres. Because it is a coral island the beaches are nicer than many other islands. 

- Barbados is home to a sizeable population of endangered sea turtles that are protected and montored.

- Barbados Blackbelly sheep look a bit like goats, but they are a cross between an African hair sheep and a European wool sheep. They are uniquely Barbadian although they can now be found in other tropical countries. 

- The Barbados Green Monkey came from Africa in the 1600's as pets and they can now be found island-side. Unfortunately they are a pest to the farming community. 

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