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1st December, 2021 Geography


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  • Nearly 400 years after the country became a British colony, Barbados has become the world’s newest republic.
  • The Caribbean island nation removed Queen Elizabeth II as the head of the state in a ceremony attended by Prince Charles. Barbados, however, will continue to be one of the 54 Commonwealth nations.



  • Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, in the Caribbean region of the Americas, and the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands.
  • It is in the western part of the North Atlantic, 100 km east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea.
  • Barbados is located roughly 13°N of the equator.
  • Barbados is outside the principal Atlantic hurricane belt.
  • Barbados, which is said to have been made a ‘slave society’ by the British, first became an English colony when a ship arrived at the Caribbean in 1625.
  • On November 30, 1966, Barbados gained its independence.