Fun Facts About BIM


27-Bearded-Fig-TreeWas first called Los Bar­ba­dos, which means ‘the bearded ones’. This is because of Fig Trees which were once found in abun­dance across the island. To Pedro Cam­pos, a Por­tugese explorer, the long hang­ing, aer­ial roots on these trees looked like beards, hence the name.

Since British occu­pa­tion, has never been suc­cess­fully invaded by a For­eign power.

When first set­tled in 1625, was found to be almost totally cov­ered in dense jun­gle, with a very large pop­u­la­tion of wild pigs.

First and sec­ond Gov­er­nors, Cap­tain William Deane, and John Pow­ell, respec­tively, were each arrested dur­ing their terms as Gov­er­nor, and returned to Eng­land in irons.

Has expe­ri­enced 12 Hur­ri­canes and 15 Gales of suf­fi­cient enough force to cause exten­sive dam­age, recorded from 1625 until now.

The first set­tle­ment in Bar­ba­dos, Hole­town, was orig­i­nally named Jamestown, after it’s bene­fac­tor, King James I of Eng­land. It acquired the name “Hole­town” due to the off load­ing and clean­ing of ships in the very small chan­nel located within the imme­di­ate vicin­ity of the town. These tasks left the area in an untidy and smelly condition.…thus the Jamestown area became referred to as “the Hole”, which evolved into “Hole­town”, as it known today. (This chan­nel is no longer in use for such pur­poses).

Commander-​in-​Chief from 21 Decem­ber 1629 to 16 July 1630, Sir William Tufton, was exe­cuted by fir­ing squad in May 1632, for high trea­son.

One of the Judges in Sir William Tufton’s case, Cap­tain William Kit­terich, was exe­cuted by fir­ing squad for the mur­der of a Cap­tain William Birch.

The Cap­i­tal city, Bridgetown, was orig­i­nally named “Indian Bridge” for the rude bridge which had been con­structed over the river (now known as the Careenage) by the Indi­ans. It was later called the “town of St. Michael” in offi­cial doc­u­ments, before finally being named Bridgetown when a new bridge was built in place of the Indian Bridge, some­time after 1654.

Most of what is now the South­ern part of Bridgetown (the lower Bay Street envi­rons) was once a huge swamp.

The House of Assem­bly, in 1666, by spe­cial Act, ordered that all build­ings under con­struc­tion of wood be halted, and that all build­ings in Bridgetown, includ­ing homes, must be built of stone, due to the fire which totally destroyed Bridgetown in that year. The Cap­i­tal has since been dev­as­tated by fire sev­eral times.

The first slaves in Bar­ba­dos were white (called Inden­tured Ser­vants); peo­ple who, for var­i­ous rea­sons, had been deemed ene­mies of the Crown. This prac­tice was so preva­lent dur­ing the period 1640 to 1650, that a phrase for pun­ish­ment was coined “to be Bar­ba­doed”.

It was writ­ten of the great Hur­ri­cane of 16 Octo­ber 1780 “Whites and Blacks together, it is imag­ined (the deaths) to exceed some thou­sands, but for­tu­nately few peo­ple of con­se­quence were among the num­ber”.

In 1736 boasted 22 Forts and 26 Bat­ter­ies, mount­ing a total of 463 Can­non, along it’s 21 miles of West­ern shore­line.

Dur­ing the ter­ri­ble land­slip of 11 Octo­ber 1786, a home in the area of Wal­cotts Plan­ta­tion, in that part of the Parish of St. Joseph called Crab-​Hole, in which a Chris­ten­ing was to take place, sank entirely under­ground. “The next morn­ing no ves­tige of it was to be seen. Some time after­wards, it was dis­cov­ered through a fis­sure in the soil, which was enlarged, an open­ing made in the roof, and to the great aston­ish­ment of the per­sons who descended into it, the inter­nal arrange­ments were found in the same order as before the acci­dent took place; even the chris­ten­ing Cake was found unim­paired in appear­ance and taste.”

Dur­ing this same land­slip of 1786, sev­eral build­ings on the Wal­cott estate were swal­lowed up, includ­ing the wind­mill, “which was car­ried some hun­dred yards from its orig­i­nal loca­tion and swal­lowed up, no part remain­ing vis­i­ble but the extrem­ity of the upper arm”.

nelsonFos­ter Hall Plan­ta­tion suf­fered pre­cisely the same fate dur­ing the land­slip of 1819, dur­ing which time the woods under Hackelton’s Cliff slid down in its entirety to cover the area where the Fos­ter­hall build­ings had pre­vi­ously stood.

The Lord Nel­son Statue, erected on Bridgetown’s Trafal­gar Square on 22 Mar 1813, is older than the statue and square of the same name and fame in Lon­don. Trafal­gar Square was renamed National Heroes Square in April 1999, in hon­our of the national heroes of Bar­ba­dos.

Dur­ing the period 18411845, Bar­ba­dos was con­sid­ered the health­i­est place in the world to live, hav­ing 1 death per 66 peo­ple, com­pared to world aver­ages of approx­i­mately 1 death per 35 peo­ple.

Peo­ple, in times past, trav­elled from all over the world to Bar­ba­dos for it’s Heal­ing Qual­i­ties. These were to be immersed totally, with the excep­tion of the head, in the sands of the beaches of Cat­tle­wash in St. Andrew. This treat­ment was believed to cure many ills. This prac­tice lasted for some years before wan­ing.

Had on record, in 1846, 491 active Sugar Plan­ta­tions, with 506 wind­mills.

South Car­olina, in the USA, was orig­i­nally set­tled by Bar­ba­di­ans, and it’s first Gov­er­nor was a Barbadian.

The high­est point in Bar­ba­dos is located 1,100 feet above sea level.

Is the birth­place of inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed, Grammy award win­ning, super­star Rihanna. She moved from Bar­ba­dos to the United States at the age of 16 to pur­sue her music career.

LAST but cer­tainly NOT LEAST.….throughout the His­tory of our Island, it is well known that the Mon­goose in Bar­ba­dos never crosses the road unless some­one is watching.

This infor­ma­tion was orig­i­nally sourced from Bar­ba­dos Tourism Authority

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