The Parishes of Barbados follow a British model having been created by the English settlers in 1629.
The parish structure reflects the system that The Church of England set. The Church of England is the mother church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and the majority of Barbadians still practice Anglicanism today.
As you tour Barbados you will see many pretty, practicing churches throughout the island, with the oldest located in the first settlement area, Holetown.
Each parish is governed by a parish church. The parish areas were formed in accordance to the mega plantation estates of sugar, tobacco and cotton that the English settlers had carved onto the island.
Barbados is situated in the Caribbean and is 21 miles long, 14 miles wide and is divided into 11 parishes.
There are 7,000 islands, islets, reefs and cays in the Caribbean and, although smaller than many of its' neighbours in the island chain, Barbados is known as the gateway to the Caribbean.
A coral based island, bordered by The Caribbean Sea and The Atlantic Ocean, Barbados offers white, sandy beaches and is known for the diversity of its beautiful landscape. The terrain throughout most areas is primarily flat; however the central and eastern parts of the island offer panoramic views from rolling hills and rugged cliffs.
Barbados carries a population of approximately 275,338 people and out of these 90% are of African descent. The majority of the remaining population are from England, Ireland and Scotland. This is because Barbados used to be part of the British Empire, during which time Africans worked on the plantations for the British, as slaves. Barbados was granted independence in 1966; however, the British influence still remains visible today.
The capital of Barbados is Bridgetown and there are around 80,000 people living in or around this city.
Barbados is the most developed island in the Caribbean and is one of its leading tourist destinations. Historically Barbados had the world's biggest sugar industries but throughout the 1970's and early 1980's Barbados starting shifting to become one of the world's top destinations for tourists. The World Bank currently classifies Barbados in its 66 top high income economies in the world.
Much of Barbados' infrastructure is based on English models following its time spent under British rule.
Education follows a British model and literacy is at almost 100%. All Barbadian citizens receive national healthcare and the predominant religion on the island is Anglican.
Author: Brett Callaghan