Barbados Pocket Guide

Heritage

Old Chattel House on Crumpton Street, Bridgetown, Barbados Pocket Guide


Barbados' Heritage

Barbados predominantly comprises of limestone and sits enviously at 13ºN of the equator. The island has a rich and age old history that is responsible for creating the Barbados that we live in today.

 

A large amount of Barbados' heritage is wrapped up in the early settlement of the island when the British settlers landed back in 1627. This hub of activity has lent itself well to the early development of Barbados as the heavy trade that took place in Bridgetown opened up excellent export opportunites for some of Barbados' prime products such as Barbados molasses, rum, sugar cane and slavery.

 

Within the environs of Bridgetown, Barbados lies many aspects of the island's heritage. These rest in such places as the Parliament Buildings, Chamberlain Bridge, Nelson Statue, Fountain Gardens, Cenotaph War Memorial, the Old Spirit Bond, Queen's Park, Trafalgar Square (now Heroes Square), Broad Street, St. Michael's Cathedral, St. Mary's Church and the Jewish Synagogue to name a few.

 

Strong links to Barbados' heritage can also be found in our African Heritage, Architectural Heritage, British Heritage and Sugar Industry.