Explore the History of Barbados

Barbados has a rich and fascinating history that dates back centuries. As a guest at Long Breeze Villa, you'll have the opportunity to learn about this history and experience the island's cultural heritage for yourself.

Here are a few highlights:

  1. British Colonialism: Barbados was a British colony for over 300 years, and the island still retains many British traditions and customs today. Explore the historic Garrison area in Bridgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was once the center of British military operations in the Caribbean. Though Barbados gained its independence as a constitutional monarchy in 1966, only last year (2021) did the nation formally sever ties with Britain—removing Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and electing the nation’s first president in the process.
  2. African Roots: Visit the Barbados Museum and learn about the island's African heritage and the history of how African descendents arrived on the island.
  3. Crop Over Festival: This colorful and vibrant festival takes place every summer in Barbados and celebrates the end of the sugar cane harvest. Enjoy music, dancing, and delicious food at this lively event, which has been a Barbadian tradition for over 200 years.
  4. Bridgetown: As the capital of Barbados, Bridgetown is a hub of cultural activity and historical significance. Visit the Parliament Buildings, the National Heroes Square, and the historic St. Mary's Church to get a sense of the island's past and present.
  5. George Washington House: Did you know that the first president of the United States, George Washington, once visited Barbados? Visit his former residence, which has been restored to its 18th-century appearance, and learn about his time on the island.
  6. Sunbury Plantation House: This restored plantation house, which dates back to the 17th century, offers a glimpse into the lives of wealthy plantation owners in Barbados' colonial past. Take a tour of the house and gardens and learn about the island's sugar cane industry.
  7. Morgan Lewis Windmill: Barbados was once home to many sugar cane windmills, which were used to crush the cane and extract its juice. Visit the Morgan Lewis Windmill, which dates back to the 18th century and is one of the last remaining windmills on the island.
  8. Holetown Monument: Located in the town of Holetown on the west coast of Barbados, this monument commemorates the landing of the first English settlers on the island in 1625. Take a stroll through the town and soak up its colonial charm.
  9. Jewish Synagogue: Barbados has a rich Jewish history, and the Nidhe Israel Synagogue in Bridgetown is the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere. Visit the synagogue and museum to learn about the island's Jewish heritage and culture.

By exploring Barbados' rich history, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for the island's unique culture and traditions. And as a guest at Long Breeze Villa, you'll be ideally positioned to experience all that Barbados has to offer, both past and present.