Largest Cities in Barbados
Facts about Barbados
Official languages: English
Area: 431 km²
Population: 285,653 residents
Population density: 662.77 residents per km²
Internet TLD: .bb
ISO codes: BB, BRB, 52
The telephone code for Barbados is + 1-246
Barbados is an independent state in the Commonwealth and the easternmost island of the West Indies, north of Saint Vincent. In the 16th century, the Portuguese were the first Europeans to reach the island inhabited by Arawak and Caribs. The island was only colonized by British settlers after 1620. After independence, a parliamentary democracy developed in Barbados, aware of its history and traditions.
Barbados’ economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum and syrup production well into the 20th century. In the 1990s, the tourism industry and the craft production of the sugar industry lost their economic rank.
Biggest Cities of Barbados by Population
Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados. 110,000 people live in the city. The Constitution River flows into the sea at Bridgetown. This estuary is called the Careenage and is now used as a marina. The central square and the parliament building can also be found here. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
When English settlers landed on Barbados in 1628, they found the island uninhabited, but there was a simple bridge over the marshy estuary. That is why they initially called the place that the British founded Indian Bridge (Indian Bridge). The town was later called the Town of Saint Michael and then Bridgetown.