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A January 2008 trip to Barbados by statesidecruiser

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Quote: In the year 1536, Portuguese sailors stumbled upon a tiny (20 miles x 15 miles), uninhabited island while searching for Brazil. They did not establish any settlement at that time, but in 1625 the island was claimed by the British, and in 1627 settlement began.

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In the year 1536, Portuguese sailors stumbled upon a tiny (20 miles x 15 miles), uninhabited island while searching for Brazil. They did not establish any settlement at that time, but in 1625 the island was claimed by the British, and in 1627 settlement began. Within 10-12 years, sugar cane was being cultivated and the island was on the way to becoming a huge source of revenue for the British Commonwealth. Within the next 20 years, Barbados was at the center of a sad chapter in history, the capture and sale of men and women from the continent of Africa. These slaves planted, tended, and harvested the vast quantities of sugar cane. Many of them were also sold by the British to other countries. It...Read More