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World Heritage Barbados Volume 1, Issue1


UNESCOs World Heritage program has as its premise the goal of creating lasting peace. Adding a tourism component open this foundation to the world: To regions, political parties, hospitality suppliers, travelers and the general public. In tourism we all can play a part in bridging understanding and sharing heritage. Rejoice in what is good and learn from what is not. Peace through understanding and sharing.

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Table of Contents Historic Bridgetown Unique Architecture African & British Heritage Cultural Heritage Landmarks Disctinctively Charming Back page - Contacts 1-2 3-6 7-8 9-10 13-14 15-20

Bridgetown, Barbados

Fountain in Former Trafalgar Square, now Heroes Square

In the centre of Bridgetown, Barbados, close to the historic bridge built originally by the Amerindians, stands a statue of Lord Nelson. It predates the statue of the man in Trafalgar Square in London. The British elite living in Barbados at the time of Nelsons defeat of the French claimed that Nelson had preserved the West Indies from being captured by the French and erected the statue in his honour. The statue stands as a testimony to British ceremony, to its architecture, and its old world heritage.

The Careenage


Garrison Historic Area

Historic Bridgetown & its Garrison a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Public Library

Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison in Barbados is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as; an outstanding example of British colonial architecture consisting of a well-preserved old town built in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries


Admiral Nelson The Barbados statue predates the statue of Lord Horatio Nelson in London, Britain by approximately thirty years.

War Memorial, Heroes Square


A unique Architecture...

Victorian house in Belleville, outskirts of Bridgetown

Clock tower Bridgetown

A unique Architecture Bridgetowns architecture, says the UNESCO announcement, consists of a well-preserved old town built in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, which testifies to the spread of Great Britains Atlantic colonial empire.
Gazebo at Queens Park

St. Nicholas Abbey - Jacobean architecture

Barbados Museum

Barracks of the Defence Force

The Nelson Statue is an interesting recognition and one that sits uneasily with some Barbadians, remembering that it was the African slaves and their descendants who built the wealth of the British plantation class, and that Nelson was a hard supporter of the dreadful trade in slavery. The square where Nelson stands, once named Trafalgar Square, was renamed Heroes Square to commemorate the human heritage of the island and celebrate its African past as much as its British roots. The UNESCO recognition of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison also includes a nearby military garrison which consists of numerous historic buildings. Its serpentine urban lay-out, testifies to a different approach to colonial town planning compared to the Spanish and Dutch colonial cities of the region which were built along a grid plan.

Queens Park Theatre

Bas relief of Queen Victoria on Queens Park Gallery Facade


A unique Architecture

Mutual Building, Bridgetown

Barracks of the Barbados Defence


Needhams Point

Queens Park

Pavilion Court

Bridgetown participated not only in the international trade of goods and enslaved persons but also in the transmission of ideas and cultures that characterized the developing colonial enterprise in the Atlantic World. ... UNESCO

The Old Spirit Bond

Barracks of the Defence Force


African & British Heritage

Barbados indeed has a rich African and British heritage. Yet, we must not forget there are memories and traces of an even longer past with relics of the Carib and Amerindian settlements throughout the land. Much is preserved in museums by the Garrison Savannah. Some of the old buildings in the area date back 300 years. Barbados also has two of the only three surviving Jacobean homes. It is replete with original Georgian and Pavilion architecture and stately plantations. It has one of the oldest synagogues in the western hemisphere. The history of the synagogue started with the Dutch Jewish refugees fleeing Brazil during the inquisition. Some stopped in Barbados en route to Holland. They arrived just a year after the English settlement of Barbados in 1627.

Transporting sugar products in spiders

Remains of a slave hut


Bridgetown: Center of Atlantic Trade in 17th century

By the 17th century, H fortified port town the

was able to establish its importance in the British Atlantic trade and became an entrept for goods, especially sugar, and enslaved persons destined for Barbados and the rest of the Americas. ... UNESCO

Plying their wares on the waterfront


Cultural Heritage

A Mixed Cultural Heritage Breeds Exceptional People

The Dutch Jewish refugees brought with them skills and knowledge of cane and sugar production. Soon, Barbados thrived on the trade of sugar and rum, owing much to the Dutch engineers and the African workers. Public worship for Jewish people living in Barbados came in 1654, three years before England allowed it. In many respects Barbados was ahead of the UK open mindedness.

illustrates the interchange of several occupational, religious, ethnic, free and enslaved groups; a meeting of cultures, which created a hybridized Creole culture in the Anglophone Caribbean


Jewish synagogue - oldest in the Western hemisphere



Carlisle Bay


Horse racing, dressage and polo is big part of Barbados Sports Heritage
Barbados has four polo fields and a heritage of world class horse racing

A Fine Lineage of Leadership & Inspiration...

The real heritage of Barbados, is its people; the ordinary and extraordinary men and women who made it what it is today. The island became independent in 1966 under the leadership of The Rt. Hon. Errol Barrow, who amongst his many achievements, brought free education for all levels; a victory against segregation in education.

Rt. Hon. Errol Barrow

Sir Grantley Adams

Before Errol Barrow there were men like Samuel Jackman Prescod (1806-1871). Renowned politician, humanitarian and journalist, he was elected in 1843 as the first non-white to sit in the House of Assembly.

Sir Garfield Sobers

Bussa Leader of the slave revolt

Landmarks include:
George Washington House An excellent example of Georgian architecture. George Washington stayed here in 1751; ... Barbados was the only place he visited outside of America.

Mutual Building This building dates from 1895. Features include classic Victorian architecture, large domes and an impressive ornate cast iron veranda.

The Barbados Museum The Museum is housed in the former British Military Prison, which was built in 1817.


Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison area stretch from the old town hall in the North West to St. Anns Fort in the South.

St. Anns Fort

The Main Guard, Garrison

Military Cemetary


Distinctively Charming
With a lineage of wise leadership and an educated, articulate workforce, Barbados has not lost its natural touch and you will find the people happy, friendly and charming. On one hand the island is elegant and sophisticated with some of the best restaurants and some of the most distinctive hotels in the world. On the other hand it is accessible with affordable guest houses and B&Bs, and charming people. Barbados is distinctively charming, colourful and fun.

from luxury to local charm

The Real Heritage of Barbados is its People


Things To Do While on a Heritage

Take time also to enjoy a leisurely cruise along the west coast to snorkel over the reefs and swim with the turtles. The sightseeing is excellent, rent a car and they will plan a route for you based on your interests. Some of the most popular activities are: The Atlantis Submarine, Harrisons Cave and Island Safari. Dining is excellent; The Cliff, Champers, Tapas and the Fish-pot are favourites in the more upmarket spots. Oistins fish fry, Shakers and Just Grillin are great value. You will not find McDonalds here, Chefette is the islands alternative for diner food service and style. You will find some hidden gems in street food like Mr. Delicious bus at Miami beach and the Cuzs food shack at Pebbles beach.

Holiday in Barbados

Enjoy Barbados distinctively charming

Kissing Turtles

Swim with the Barbados

The turtles are having a ball and seem to love all the attention and the frolic with swimmers on this catamaran sail and party cruise. So here are the facts that we know on turtles romance. Female turtles mate every two to four years. Males can mate every year. So you have to wait up to 4 years for a mate as a female, but we suppose kissing can be anytime! The Lost Years After hatching and instinctively crawling into the sea, the juvenile

We dont know if this photo is technically correct. It seems to show two turtles kissing. Can that be true?

turtles spend up to five years in the open ocean. They are rarely seen as they live for several years in the deep, pelagic waters. Imagine these tiny little creatures fending all for themselves in the ocean way off the shore. How brave they must be. They get carried on tides and often end up in the gulf stream, hitching a ride on the floating nursery of the Sargasso sea. A cycle of floating Sargassum seaweed that circulates clockwise around the north atlantic, providing a refuge for small turtles. At this stage the turtles are carnivorous, feeeding on the bite-sized, floating prey. Scientist refer to this stage as the The Lost Years as little is known. Young Turtles take from twenty to fifty years to reach sexual maturity and can live up to eighty years in the wild. Only 1% of hatchlings reach maturity. Mature Adult Turtles 25 Years & Over Mature turtles spend most of their time in shallow, coastal waters with lush sea grass beds. Adults frequent inshore bays, lagoons and shoals with lush seagrass meadows. Entire generations often migrate between one pair of feeding and nesting areas. distinctively charming


Kite and windurfing at Silver Sands

Beach Culture....
Amongst his many talents, David is an artisan who you will see at Accra beach. He sells beaded bracelets and costume jewelry which he and local artisans make. He is married to Darla Trotman, an extraordinary artist, who paints with such realism that you have to study to see that it is not a picture. But when you look closely you will see her distinctive touch. I did not know all this when I approached David at Accra and asked if I could video him for our website. Within a few moments it was clear that I was talking to a different sort of beach vendor. He was reading Og, How to be a better salesman. I had recently read a book by Og, about an angel, and liked it. We talked of the philosophy behind his writing. You know, sometimes we just dont know how good things are, we just keep going, then one day you look around and are amazed by how much you have. David said. I thought he was talking of his table of beads and the magnificent beach. In fact he was, but al so of his restaurant and guest house and so much else. So why do you do this I asked? I like it, he told me, I like being with people, I love this beach and I meet all sort of good people here. David watched a young girl walk past and caught her eye. Hey, he says, dont rush off Miss, come here, this man got a movie camera. Come, come, I will make you a movie star. Before I could say camera action, he had us organised, the girl slightly bewildered and unsure while I videotaped. Davids light touch put her at ease and soon she was laughing with him. No way, she says, You cant build a star without props. You need action. Where are the coconut and the diamonds? Done says David, I see you are already got the attitude of a star. OK madam. Coconut man come cut a coconut for the star. Here let me put the royal beads pun you. Yes thats better, Perhaps we should dance. Bring on the band, hear that music, you like it?, She smiled at his sense of fun, for there was no music and the coconut man was a long way off, but the beads he gave her were real. Yes that smile is going to knock them dead, yes, already a star, with attitude. We laughed easily at his charm. Very good, he says, rehearsals tomorrow. Then the Oscar. David is the star. I no longer marvel at his success. I will look at every beach vendor and wonder at the entrepreneurial spirit behind that simple act. And wonder too how un-simple it is for people of little means to make a living this way, it takes talent, drive and character to do this work well. Ian R Clayton distinctively charming

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Carlisle Bay

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Barbados World Heritage Volume 1, Issue 1
Barbados World Heritage Resourses: Heritage Tours: Heritage Vacations: Historic Places (map):
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AUTHOR Ian R. Clayton 2012

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