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Barbados was one of the first original settlements of the English in the Caribbean. The island is located in the southeastern quadrant of the Caribbean Sea and lies east of the Windward Islands. Barbados was a popular stop over point from ships coming into the colonies from Europe or Africa and was the birthplace of infamous pirate Stede Bonnet.

It lies near the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and lies northeast of Trinidad and Tobago. It was first discovered by Spanish explorers in the 1400's and claimed by them as it was first marked on a map in 1511. The Portuguese next visited the island in 1536, however they only introduced a supply of wild pigs so there would be food the next time they stopped over.

Barbados - Barbados Map (1736)

Barbados Map - (1736)

The island itself is 34 kilometers (21 mi) long and 23 kilometers (14 mi) wide, covering an area of about 432 square kilometers (167 sq mi). The first English ships starting arriving in 1624 and eventually the English would establish a colony in 1627.

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