Essay on The Importance Of A Friend Of Mine

955 Words Sep 12th, 2015 4 Pages

Barbados is a vibrant Caribbean island with natural beauty and gracious hospitality. It has one of the highest standards of living and literacy rates in the world, and a major tourist destination. The weather is always sunny and warm with temperatures ranging from the high 70’s to the low 90’s. These kinds of qualities are reasons that a friend of mine is planning to take a trip there, and she invited me to go along with her tour. Barbados has American, British, African, and Caribbean roots with its own distinctive customs, traditions, and values. The country’s identity is expressed through its history, cuisine, and the arts. Barbados’ history, heritage, and culture are unique to this country. In the early history of Barbados, the first indigenous people were Amerindians who came from Venezuela. They traveled through Canada and the Americas to the South into the island. In 1200, the Caribs and then the Portugese and Spanish invaded the country for political and economic reasons. The Amerindians became extinct due to large-scale colonization. Later, in 1625, British colonists started coming to Barbados. This resulted in British expansion, spreading European institutions and culture. It was not until 1961 that the island gained internal autonomy from British rule. In 1966, the country became an independent island within the British Commonwealth. Barbados’ heritage was born from sugar and rum in the days when pirates roamed the seas. A political and economic…

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