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Barbados is an island in the East Lesser Antilles in the East West Indies. It is a British colony whose capital is Bridgetown. It is 161 sq. miles with a 1960 population of 231,785. Those from Barbados call themselves Bajans.
    (WUD, 1994, p.118)(SFC, 4/25/98, p.E3)

1627        Barbados was uninhabited as the first English settlers arrived. Sugarcane fields later began to cover the island, a 14 x 21 mile stack of coral terraces.
    (http://globaledge.msu.edu/countries/Barbados/history/)(NH, 12/96, p.35)(Econ, 6/16/12, p.91)

1650        St. Nicholas Abbey was built as a plantation house in the Jacobean style.
    (SFEC, 2/15/98, p.T10)

1668        Oct 23, Jews of Barbados were forbidden to engage in retail trade.
    (MC, 10/23/01)

1751        Sep 28, George Washington. As a young man of 19, George Washington accompanied his sick older half-brother Lawrence to Barbados in 1751. Lawrence had been advised that the islandís climate might help restore his ill health. The brothers left Virginia on September 28 and arrived at Bridgetown, Barbados, November 3. George, who survived the smallpox while in Barbados, left Lawrence on December 21 and arrived back in Virginia on January 28, 1752.
    (HNQ, 12/16/99)

1958         Jan 3, The British created the West Indies Federation with Lord Hailes as governor general. The federation lasted to 1962. It included Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago and the Windward and Leeward Islands.
    (HN, 1/3/99)(WUD, 1994, p.1623)

1962        May 31, The West Indies Federation, made up of Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, and the Leeward and Windward Islands, broke up after 4 years following Jamaicaís passage of a referendum to end the alliance.
    (Econ, 6/2/12, p.47)

1966        Nov 30, The former British colony of Barbados became independent.
    (SFC, 7/1/97, p.A9)(AP, 11/30/97)

1970        May 17, Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002), Norwegian anthropologist, left Morocco aboard Ra II, a papyrus reed boat, and sailed 3,270 nautical miles across the Atlantic to Barbados in 57 days [see Jul 12].
    (SFC, 4/19/02, p.A2)(www.spiritus-temporis.com/thor-heyerdahl/)

1970        Jul 12, Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian ethnographer, crossed the Atlantic Ocean in "Ra" and docked in Barbados.

1970s        Barbados established its financial industry with help from the IMF.
    (Econ, 2/24/07, SR p.6)

1984        Jan 15, Police raided the vacation home of Paul and Linda McCartney (1941-1998) following a tip. Both were arrested on possession of cannabis.

1998        Jul 2, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Jamaica reported plans to establish the Caribbean Court of Justice in 1999 and planned to change their constitutions to free themselves of the British Privy Council. The effort was pushed to establish the death penalty.
    (SFC, 7/4/98, p.A10)

2000        Sep 11, In Barbados officials at a conference on AIDS in the Caribbean pledged $120 million to fight the disease.
    (SFC, 9/13/00, p.A13)

2002        Oct 4, In Barbados delegations from Russia, Cuba, South Africa, Colombia and France's overseas territories abandoned an anti-racism conference that voted to exclude whites saying they'll have no part in discrimination. The walkout, on the fourth day of the six-day African and African Descendants World Conference Against Racism, came after a day of negotiations failed. Some 200 delegates had voted Wednesday for whites and Asians to leave the deliberations, saying slavery was too painful a subject to discuss in front of non-Africans.
    (AP, 10/5/02)

2003        May 21, In Barbados PM Owen Arthur's governing Labor Party won elections in a landslide victory that secured the party 23 seats in the legislature. The opposition Democratic Labor Party won seven seats in the 30-seat Parliament.
    (AP, 5/22/03)

2004        Sep 9, Hurricane Ivan grew into the deadliest of storms overnight, packing winds of 160 mph as it made a beeline for Jamaica after pummeling Grenada, Barbados and other islands, causing at least 20 deaths. Police in Grenada battled looters.
    (AP, 9/9/04)(WSJ, 9/9/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/10/04, p.A1)

2004        Sep 13, In Barbados a Canadian woman drowned in floodwaters from Hurricane Ivan. At least 372 homes were damaged or destroyed. Most hotels are open, though some sustained damage. The airport is open. A cruise ship terminal was damaged but quickly reopened.
    (AP, 9/14/04)

2004        Oct 4, Tiger Woods married Swedish model Elin Nordegren in Barbados.
    (AP, 10/5/05)

2005        Mar 30, Inmates of Barbados' lone prison set fires and battled guards and each other for a second day, leaving one prisoner dead and eight injured.
    (AP, 3/30/05)

2005        Dec 8, In Barbados leaders of Caribbean nations held a summit to discuss health care cooperation and cultural exchanges, but a major focus was on Cuba and its thorny relationship with the United States.
    (AP, 12/08/05)

2006        Nov 8, In Barbados the new Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice, in its first death penalty ruling, dismissed an appeal by the Barbados government that sought to restore execution orders for two convicted murderers.
    (AP, 11/8/06)

2007        Jan, In Barbados the George Washington House and Museum was completed following an 8-year restoration project. The site stood just outside Bridgetown.
    (SSFC, 2/18/07, p.G2)

2008        Jan 15, Barbados held elections. The opposition swept to power, winning at least 20 of the 30 seats in Barbados' legislature. David Thompson led the Democratic Labor Party back to power and inherited a public debt equal to 88% of GDP.
    (AP, 1/16/08)(Econ, 1/19/08, p.40)

2008        Oct 15, In Barbados 13 Caribbean countries approved a new Economic partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU.
    (Econ, 10/18/08, p.50)

2010        Sep 3, In Barbados 2 men burst into a clothing store in downtown Bridgetown and demanded money before setting the building on fire and killing at least 6 people. On Sep 13 Police said 2 men, Renaldo Anderson Alleyne (21) and Jamar Bynoe (19), had been arrested and charged with six counts of murder, aggravated burglary, and arson in the attack. The island has not executed anyone since 1984. On June 1, 2011, Alleyne pleaded guilty to six counts of manslaughter. Bynoe faced similar charges but his case had not yet gone to trial.
    (AP, 9/5/10)(AP, 9/13/10)(AP, 6/2/11)

2010        Oct 23, Barbados PM David Thompson (48) died following a struggle with pancreatic cancer. Thompson had become PM of the Caribbean nation of 270,000 people in Jan 2008.
    (AP, 10/23/10)

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