Facts and Figures
Origin of Name from a Portuguese word meaning
"bearded ones." Area 166 sq mi. Population
290,604. Capital Bridgetown. Independence
from the United Kingdom Achieved November 30, 1966.
and Emblems of Barbados
The national flag is composed of three vertical panels --
the outer of ultramarine (for the sea and sky of
Barbados) and the center of gold (for the sand of
Barbados' beaches). The symbol in the center panel is the
Trident of Neptune; the shaft is broken to symbolize
Barbados' break with its historical and constitutional
ties as a colony.
served as Premier of Barbados from 1953 to 1958 and as
the first Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation
from 1958 to 1962.
Errol Walton Barrow
led Barbados from being a British colony to an
independent nation, and then served as the first Prime
Minister of an independent Barbados from 1966 to 1976.
During his tenure he instituted a massive program of
public works and got his nation admitted into the
Organization of American States.