The Caribbean island is 50 years old on 30 November – more to the point, it’s 50 years since it gained independence from the UK.
There are a few things you may already know about this island of a little more than 280,000 people: it was a centre of sugar production, has produced numerous world class cricketers, and is the birthplace of iconic pop star Rihanna.
So as Barbados celebrates its golden year of independence, here are some more facts that you may not know about the island.
It’s just like England, sort of
Due to its past colonial ties with the UK, Barbados is often referred to as Little England. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were wandering around England too (hot climate aside), especially with place names such as Hastings, Worthing, and Dover.