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Information about Barbados
Barbados, situated just east of the Caribbean Sea, is an independent Continental Island-nation in the western Atlantic Ocean. The island's climate is tropical, with constant trade winds off the Atlantic Ocean serving to keep temperatures mild. Some less developed areas of the country contain tropical woodland and mangroves. Other parts of the interior which contribute to the agriculture industry are dotted with large sugarcane estates and wide, gently... sloping pastures, with panoramic views down to the coast also.
Barbados's human development index ranking is consistently among the top 75 countries in the world. Country functions as a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, modeled on the British Westminster system.
Historically, the economy of Barbados had been dependent on sugarcane cultivation and related activities, but in recent years it has diversified into the manufacturing and tourism sectors. Offshore finance and information services have become important foreign exchange earners, and there is a healthy light manufacturing sector. In recent years the Government has been seen as business-friendly and economically sound.
The City of Bridgetown, metropolitan pop 96,578 (2006), is the capital and largest city of the nation of Barbados. Formerly, the Town of Saint Michael the Greater Bridgetown area is located within the parish of Saint Michael, Locally Bridgetown is sometimes referred to as "The City", but the most common reference is simply "Town". The Bridgetown port is located on the southwestern coast of the island along Carlisle Bay. Parts of the Greater Bridgetown area lie along the borders of the neighboring parishes Christ Church and St. James. The present day location of the city was established by the British in 1628 following their settlement at James Town. Bridgetown is a major West Indies tourist destination, and the city acts as an important financial, informatics and convention centre in the Caribbean region.
Speightstown (pronounced "Spite's-town") is the second largest town centre of Barbados. It is situated twelve miles from the centre of Bridgetown, in the northern parish of Saint Peter. The town is named after William Speight, a member of Barbados' first Assembly during the Settlement years, and the former owner of the land where the town is located.
The coastal town of Oistins ("Oye-s-tins") is an area located in the country of Barbados. Situated in the southern portion of the parish of Christ Church, Oistins operates mostly as a fishing village, a tourist hang out, as well as the location of the parish church for Christ Church. Oistins is also the location of the former Christ Church hospital, the former Barbados Coast Guard station, and the offshore landing for ships delivering fossils fuels into the island.
Bathsheba is the main fishing village in the parish of Saint Joseph with some 5,000 inhabitants on the east coastline of Barbados. The town has a number of quaint churches; Saint Joseph Anglican Church was built on Horse Hill in the town as early as 1640 but was rebuilt in 1839 following a hurricane in 1831. Little Saint Joseph chapel was built nearby in 1837 but was restored and dedicated to Saint Aiden in 1904 following a landslide. It has a number of attractions including the Flower Forest and Cotton Tower which is renowned for its dramatic scenery and views of Scotland District. The ecologically rich [Joe's River Tropical Rainforest] is located on the outskirts of the town with some 85 acres (340,000 m2) of woodland and rainforest with giant ficus, citrifolia, fid woods, white woods, cabbage palm trees and mahogany trees. Bathsheba beach is known as the Soup Bowl where local and international surfing competitions take place annually. Another notable feature of Bathsheba beach is the large boulder that sits slightly offshore, known by some as Bathsheba Rock.
Holetown is a small town of Barbados. Holetown is located in the parish of Saint James, on the sheltered west coast of Barbados. Holetown is the site where the English made a permanent landing for the first time in Barbados in 1625 - Captain Cataline had previously landed to collect water in 1620. Captain Henry Powell and his ship "Olive Blossom" were blown off course on their journey from South America to England. They inadvertently landed at Holetown in July 1625, incidentally during the hurricane season. Powell's first visit is commemorated by a monument which erroneously records the date as 1605. The town is the home of McGill University's Bellairs Research Institute.
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