Facts on Barbados
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Facts on Barbados: Barbados is in the far South eastern corner

of the Caribbean and is the most easterly of the Caribbean islands.  It's one of the most developed islands in the Caribbean and the Grantley Adams airport can handle 747s.  So, it's easy to fly there.  

Facts of Barbados-Size

Barbados flagBarbados is a tiny speck on the map, 21 miles long by 14 miles wide.  That's 166 square miles (430 square kilometers).  (Check out what it's like to drive there) 

Quick facts on Barbados to compare the size:

For Americans- Washington DC is half the size of Barbados

For Brits- London is about four times the size of Barbados

For Canadians-Calgary is twice as large as Barbados

Barbados is really a tiny island but with a grand history.  Here are a few Barbados fun facts.

Fun Facts About Barbados

George Washington’s only trip abroad
1751 a young George Washington went there on his only trip abroad. He brought his ailing half brother to the island in search of a miracle tropical cure.

The Birth of the Grapefruit
It is believed that the grapefruit was created in the Welchman Hall Gully region sometime in the 1700’s.  It’s a cross between the pommelo and the sweet orange.  It was exported to Florida in the 1800’s and then spread to the world.

Wild pigs
When Barbados was first settled by the British in 1627, the island was almost completely covered in thick jungle with a large wild pig population.

The Lord Nelson Statue
The statue, erected on Bridgetown's Trafalgar Square on 22 Mar 1813, is older than the statue and square of the same name and fame in London. Trafalgar Square was renamed National Heroes Square in April 1999, in honor of the national heroes of Barbados.

South Carolina, in the USA, was originally settled by Barbadians, and it's first Governor was a Barbadian

Click to read about the Barbados population.

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