Interesting facts about Barbados

Now online search for tours to various countries is available on the Internet. You might be interested in a vacation in Barbados, here are some interesting facts about it:

The island got its name in 1536. Portuguese explorer Pedro Campos came across fig trees on the island with beard-like epiphytes hanging from them, which is why he named the land bearded or Barbados.

Barbados belongs to the Lesser Antilles group and is the easternmost island in the Caribbean.

The first English colonists landed here on February 17, 1627.

Barbados was under British control until independence on November 30, 1966.

Legislative power is exercised by the parliament, consisting of the House of Assembly and the Senate, in the amount of 49 people. However, the head of state is considered the Queen of Great Britain, represented by the Governor-General.

It was here that the first grapefruit was found, which was described by the priest Hughes in 1750. Then the fruit was considered a variety of pomelo or an independent species of citrus. In fact, it is a hybrid of an Asian pomelo and an orange.

The smallest snake in the world, less than 10 cm in length, was discovered on the island. The find belongs to the biologist Blair Hedges from the University of Pennsylvania, he named the snake Leptotyphlops carlae. The same scientist became famous for finding the smallest frog and lizard in the world.

It is believed that Barbados is hit by tropical storms and hurricanes every year. In fact, the island is influenced by these natural phenomena every 3 years. Statistics claim that the most powerful hurricanes capture the island every 26.6 years.

In 2006, the island hosted the World Golf Championship. The following year, Barbados hosted the Cricket World Cup.

The regular armed forces, recruited on a voluntary basis, consist of 610 people. The ground forces have one regiment, that is, 500 people. The Barbados regiment took part in the First and Second World Wars, as well as in the 1983 occupation of Grenada. The Navy consists of 110 people.

Laws in Barbados prohibit the use of alcohol by persons under the age of 18. However, children aged 10-17 may consume alcoholic beverages only in the presence of their parents.