History & Timeline of Barbados

Historical Overview & Timeline of Key Events

Updated: 5 September 2016.

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Here is a brief timeline of important events that have shaped the country of Barbados; the focus here will be geared towards recent events (from 100 years ago or so), located towards the bottom, but we’ll begin with more ancient events first.

1511

Barbados First Appears on Spanish Maps

1627

English Settle the Island with Slaves

1629

Divided into 6 Original Parishes

1639

Parliament (House of Burgesses) Holds First Meeting

1640

Sugar Plantations Begin First Cultivation

1663

Barbados Becomes English Crown Possession

1751

George Washington Visits

His first and only travels outside American mainland.

1816

Bussa's Rebellion

Largest slave uprising in the country's history.

1834

Slavery Abolished

1966

Gains Independence

1967

Barbados Joins United Nations

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