Barbados

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The National Anthem of Barbados


In plenty and in time of need
When this fair land was young
Our brave forefathers sowed the seed
From which our pride is sprung,
A pride that makes no wanton boast
Of what it has withstood
That binds our hearts from coast to coast -
The pride of nationhood.
Chorus: We loyal sons and daughters all
Do hereby make it known
These fields and hills beyond recall
Are now our very own.
We write our names on history's page
With expectations great,
Strict guardians of our heritage,
Firm craftsmen of our fate.
The Lord has been the people's guide
For past three hundred years.
With him still on the people's side
We have no doubts or fears.
Upward and onward we shall go,
Inspired, exulting, free,
And greater will our nation grow
In strength and unity.

Location


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Capital: Bridgetown 13°N 59°W
Other Cities: Speightstown
Ellerton
Jackson
St. Lawerence

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Barbados is located east of St. Lucia and North East of Venezuela


Place


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Physical Features

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^ Animal Flower Cave

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^ Errol Barrow Park

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^ Freshwater Falls-Ocean Park

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^ Grenade Hall Forest & Signal Station
Weather & Climate

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^ Barbados Weather Map

The common climate in Barbados is sunny, wtih average high temperatures of 75 to 85°F. From January to June a dry season occurs. During the Hurricane season, tropical rainstorms occur from June to October.



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High 83°F Precip 30%

Wind:
ESE 18 mph
Max. Humidity:
69%
UV Index:
10+ Extreme

Sunrise:
6:25 AM Local Time
Avg. High:
82°F
Record High:
N/A
^ Current Weather Forecast for January 30, 2007

People

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^ Children

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^ A Grandfather


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^ A Local 'Bajan'

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^ Selling Groceries in Bridgetown

Cultural Importance

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^ Cuban Monument
It is dedicated to the 73 victims of the 1976 Cuban civilian Airliner that was bombed who were all killed. This can be found on the Paynes Bay area of the West Coast of Barbados.

Government Leaders
Chief of State: Queen Elizabeth II represented by Governor General Sir Clifford Straughn Husbands
Head of Government: Prime Minister Owen Seymour Arthur


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^Queen Elizabeth II

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^ Governor General Sir Clifford Straughn Husbands

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^ Prime Minister Owen Seymour Arthur
Currency
"The Dollar"
Banknotes: 2, 5, 10, 50, and 100 dollars
100 cents = 1 dollar
1 USD = 2 Barbados Dollars

Barbados Facts

Population: 279,912 (July 2006 est.)
Language: English, Barbadian Dialect
Religion:Protestant 67% (Anglican 40%, Pentecostal 8%, Methodist 7%, other 12%), Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%,
Life Expectancy Male: 70.79 years old
Life Expectancy Female: 74.82 years old
Literacy Rate: male and female: 99.7%
Major Ethnic Groups: 90% African Descent, 6% Asian or Mixed Descent, 4% European Descent. Small Jewish and Muslim communities.

Other Facts
Infant mortality rate: 12.37 deaths/1,000 live births (2000 est.)
Birth Rate: 12.71 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)
Death Rate: 8.67 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)
Government Type: parliamentary democracy
Independence: 30 November 1966 (from UK)
Legislative Branch: bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (21-member body appointed by the governor general) and the House of Assembly (30 seats; members are elected by direct popular vote to serve five-year terms)
elections: House of Assembly - last held 21 May 2003 (next to be held by May 2008)
election results: House of Assembly - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - BLP 23, DLP 7
Judicial Branch: Supreme Court of Judicature (judges are appointed by the Service Commissions for the Judicial and Legal Services); Caribbean Court of Justice is the highest court of appeal
Airports: 1
Barbados' Area: 166 square miles
Highest Elevation: Mount Hillaby at 1,100 feet above sea level
Internet Users: 160,000 (2005 est.)


Human-Environment Interaction


Timeline

1966: Barbados gains its independance form the UK.
1967: Barbados joins the united nations
1972: Barbados establishes relations with Cuba
1976: Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is led by Tom Adams, returns to power after winning the first general elections since 1961
1983: Barbados supports and provides a base for the US invasion of Grenada
1985: Adams dies and is replaced by Bernard St John as prime minister
1986: Errol Barrow becomes prime minister after his Democratics Labour Party (DLP) wins the general elections
1987: Erskine Lloyd Sandiford (DLP) becomes prime ministerafter the death of Barrow
1994: Owen Arthur becomes prime minister after his BLP wins a decisive victory in the general elections, securing 19 of the 28 seats in the House of Assembly, the lower chamber of parliament.

Barbados does not have a rainforest, but is does have natural gardens and attractions. The most visited garden is the Andromeda Botanical Garden found in St. Joseph.

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^Andromeda Gardens

Movement

The major resources that are exported in Barbados are sugar and molasses, rum, chemicals, and electrical components.

A flight from Newark Airport to Bridgetown Airport is $570.37 per person.

In 1966 Barbados gained full independence from Britian. It still has ties to the Britian Monarch by the Governer General.


Region

Barbados is located in the Northern and Western Hemispheres.

Barbados is loacated in the caribbean.


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