Barbados is a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles. It is 34 km (21 miles) in length and up to 23 km (14 miles) in width, covering an area of 431 square km (166 square miles). It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 km (62 miles) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, it is about 168 km (104 miles) east of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and 400 km (250 miles) north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt.
Barbados was initially visited by the Spanish around the late 1400s to early 1500s and first appears on a Spanish map from 1511. The Spanish explorers may have plundered the island of whatever native peoples resided therein to become slaves. The Portuguese visited in 1536, but they too left it unclaimed, with their only remnants being an introduction of wild hogs for a good supply of meat whenever the island was visited. The first British ship, the Olive Blossom, arrived in Barbados in 1624. They took possession of it in the name of the British king James I. Two years later in 1627 the first permanent settlers arrived from England and it became an English and later British colony.
Barbados has an estimated population of 284,000 people, with around 80,000 living in or around Bridgetown, the largest city and the country's capital. In 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. Barbados is one of the Caribbean's leading tourist destinations and is one of the most developed islands in the region.
Open Water Swimming
- Barbados is site of the Barbados International Open Water Swim and the SwimBarbadosVacations two open water swimming festivals in July and October.
- The Barbados Open Water Festival is held in November, one of the World's Top 100 Island Swims.
- Cameron Bellamy was the third person to attempt a circumnavigation swim around Barbados. He completed a 96.4 km swim in 40 hours 43 minutes on 13 November 2018.
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