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Island country in the Lesser Antilles

  • The Spanish visited the islands in the late 1400s followed by Portuguese in 1536.
  • The Portugese visited the islands in 1536.
  • Olive Blossom is the first English ship to have arrived in Barbados in 1624.
  • Barbados became an independent state in 1966.
  • Bridgetown is the largest and the capital city.
  • The original name for Barbados was Ichirouganaim which translates to 'Red Land with White Teeth'.
  • The country is the 51st richest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita.
  • The country is the 4th most densely populated country in the Americas and 18th globally.
  • Barbadians are people who come from the country.
  • Rihanna was born in Barbados. She is Honorary Ambassador of youth and culture for the country.
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