Barbados is located in the Lesser Antilles, and is one of the world’s few sovereign island countries. Situated around 400 miles off the north east coast of Trinidad and Tobago, the island first appeared on a Spanish map in the early 1500s, and many of the native population were subjected to slavery upon their discovery by European forces. The first British ship to arrive in Barbados was the Olive Blossom in 1624, and in the name of King James I, they took possession of the island. Three years later, the first British colonists settled on the island.
Today, Barbados has a population of over 280,000 people, with nearly half living in the island’s capital city Bridgetown. In 1966, Barbados became a Commonwealth Real and an independent state, with Queen Elizabeth II remaining the head of state. The island has continuously remained one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean, and although it is technically classed as an Atlantic Island, it remains one of, if not the most developed island in the region.