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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)

1625        An English ship claimed Barbados for King James I. In 2021 the English colony became an independent republic.
    (Reuters, 11/24/21)

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 islands 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)

1855        Barbados built its Glendairy Prison.

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 Jamaicas 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. The replacement of Glendairy Prison took two years to build at a cost of $144m.
    (AP, 3/30/05)(Econ, 3/12/15, p.34)

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)

2015        Jul 6, In Barbados about 3,000 chanting protesters took to the streets of the capital to join a union-led rally against the recent dismissals of about a dozen public workers. PM Freundel Stuart said disruptive street protests were not in the best interests of the island's 28,000 public workers.
    (AP, 7/6/15)

2017        Dec 5, The European Union put 17 non-EU countries on a blacklist of those it deems guilty of unfairly offering tax avoidance schemes. They Included: American Samoa, Bahrain, Barbados, Grenada, Guam, South Korea, Macau, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Namibia, Palau, Panama, St. Lucia, Samoa, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates. Over 40 more were put on a "grey list" to be monitored until they are fully committed to reforms.
    (AP, 12/5/17)

2018        Jan 23, European Union finance ministers agreed to remove eight jurisdictions from the bloc's blacklist of tax havens, one month after the list was set up. Barbados, Grenada, South Korea, Macao, Mongolia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates joined Panama as jurisdictions delisted following commitments made at a high political level to remedy EU concerns.
    (Reuters, 1/23/18)

2018        May 24, Barbados elected Mia Mottley (52), its first female prime minister, as the opposition inflicted a crushing defeat on the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP), winning all the seats in the Caribbean island's parliament.
    (Reuters, 5/25/18)

2019        Mar 12, European Union governments adopted a broadened blacklist of tax havens, adding the United Arab Emirates and British and Dutch overseas territories in a revamp that tripled the number of listed jurisdictions. The new list added Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, Barbados, Belize, the British overseas territory of Bermuda, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu and Dominica. The EU blacklist originally comprised 17 jurisdictions, including the UAE, but shrank to five after most listed states committed to change their tax rules.
    (Reuters, 3/12/19)

2019        Jul 28, In Barbados Natalie Crichlow (44) from London, on a visit to her disabled brother, was found dead. Her family said an intruder had entered the house and set her alight in her bed. Police later said there was no sign of an intruder, and there was no flammable liquid found on her clothes. A postmortem showed she died from an infection, following serious burns.
    (The Telegraph, 8/16/19)

2019        Aug 27, Residents of Barbados and other Caribbean islands braced for heavy rains as tropical storm Dorian churned west-northwest, with officials cautioning that it could approach hurricane strength.
    (Reuters, 8/27/19)

2020        Jul, Unemployment in Barbados was estimated at close to 40% as COVID-19 kept tourists from visiting.
    (Econ., 7/25/20, p.23)

2020        Sep 15, Sandra Mason (b.1949), the Governor-General of Barbados, opened Parliament and proposed the abolition of her job. She pronounced the words of PM Mia Motley: "Barbadians want a Barbadian head of state."
    (Econ., 9/19/20, p.34)

2020        Dec 31, The government of Barbados scuppered "Old Year's Night" fireworks parties  and extended a curfew from 9pm to 5an to contain a surge in coronavirus infections.
    (Econ., 1/9/21, p.29)

2021        Apr 8, Digital cash called DCash, created by Barbados-based fintech company Bitt, became available in St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis.
    (SFC, 4/9/21, p.B2)

2021        Jul 2, Elsa, the 1st hurricane of the Atlantic season, hit Barbados and then St. Vincent and the Grenadines as it headed for Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Florida.
    (SFC, 7/3/21, p.A2)

2021        Aug 11, The US government said it will deliver nearly 837,000 Pfizer vaccines to Caribbean nations. The Bahamas will receive 397,000 doses; Trinidad & Tobago will receive more than 305,000 doses; Barbados will receive 70,200, doses; St. Vincent and the Grenadines will get 35,100; Antigua will get 17,550; St. Kitts & Nevis will get 11,700.
    (SFC, 8/12/21, p.A5)

2021        Sep 21, Mexico's Financial Intelligence Unit said it has launched a lawsuit in Miami against former security chief Garcia Luna and a network of 39 companies and trusts run by him and his associates to hide assets. Luna, who is facing a lawsuit from Mexico over illegally obtained assets, allegedly hid some $250 million stolen from the treasury in bank accounts in Barbados and the United States between 2012 and 2018.
    (Reuters, 9/23/21)

2021        Oct 13, The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said Barbados is reporting the highest number of COVID cases and deaths since the pandemic started, with a five-fold increase in COVID infections over the last month.
    (Reuters, 10/13/21)

2021        Oct 20, Barbados elected Sandra Mason (72) as its first-ever president to replace Britain's Queen Elizabeth as head of state in a decisive step toward shedding the Caribbean island's colonial past.
    (Reuters, 10/21/21)

2021        Nov 30, Barbados removed Britain's Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic, as it severed imperial ties some 400 years after English ships first reached the Caribbean island. President-elect Sandra Mason replaced Queen Elizabeth.
    (Reuters, 11/30/21)

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