20th birthday we have been looking at some facts about Barbados and chatting to
our friends at the Barbados
Museum to find out more about the island. Here are favourite top 10
interesting and little known facts about this beautiful island:
There are 1,500
rum shops across the island which is not bad going when you consider the size
of the island!
The 3,500 churches are often located next to
the rum shops – ‘keeping the spirits together’
You’ll notice that many houses in Barbados are
half-painted – this is done in order to pay a lower land tax bill. If only
half-painted, the building is said to be under-construction and too incomplete
to pay full tax
Barbados is hailed as "The land of the flying
fish" - Flying fish jump out of the water and can glide for 30 to 50
Barbados was originally named Los Barbados, meaning
'the bearded ones'.
The many fig trees on the island had long hanging, aerial roots which made the
trees look like they had beards, hence the name 'Los Barbados.'
Barbados has never been successfully invaded by a
It is believed that the grapefruit was created in
Barbados sometime in the 1700’s. It was exported to Florida in the 1800’s
and then spread to the rest of the world.
South Carolina, in the USA, was originally settled
by Barbadians, and it's first Governor was a Barbadian
Barbados is home to a large Mongoosepopulation. Originally imported from India to take care of the rats in
the sugar cane fields. Instead they ate the snakes, which was the
original predator of the rats.
Barbadosis the 3rd most developed country in the
Western Hemisphere after the US and Canada.