Barbados - The Traveller


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Monday, October 10, 2011


Barbados is an island a little apart in the Caribbean landscape. Its geographical location in the first place: to offset the West Indies, it is not volcanic, but limestone, and heckled by powerful Atlantic waves on the east coast. Flat, or almost, it seemed an obvious choice for growing sugar cane. Slavery and Commerce of the white gold made ​​his identity and his fortune.
By the late seventeenth century, there was talk of the island as "the wealthiest acre of land in the world." This windfall allowed the erection of splendid homes of planters. Few of them are open to visitors, but there is a multitude of tropical gardens and beautiful beaches for lounging. Barbados has long been the most British of all the British islands in the Caribbean. But the island now seems reluctant. The iconic Trafalgar Square was renamed National Heroes Square. As for the statue of Nelson stands there, now it turns its back on Broad Avenue (in the past too?). Barbados should it remain within the Commonwealth, or finally take off and become a republic? The question is on everyone's lips.

It remains to reinvent an identity, more Caribbean, more festive, more simple. The same one encountered in the evenings fish fry for a barbecue on the beach and the rum shops that compete for great games of dominoes. Our favorite Barbados.

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