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bar bA' dOz, an island in the eastern West Indies

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.
Official Symbols and Emblems of BarbadosOfficial Symbols 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.
Sir Grantley Herbert AdamsGrantley Herbert Adams 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 BarrowErrol 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 1987. During his tenure he instituted a massive program of public works and got his nation admitted into the Organization of American States.
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