people are very interesting Caribbean people.
"A Polite, Friendly Bunch of Caribbean People"
You see, the people of
Barbados are made up of so many different ancestors that it is as if
all the great attributes of these ancestors have been wrapped up and
put into one. This history includes Arawak Indians, British
settlers, European indentured slaves, African slaves and East Indians.
This unique blend of people now populate my incredibly
You will definitely find that we
are a polite and courteous bunch, which we are proud to
admit is from our British history. As the island is very
small and tourism is our main source of income, it is absolutely
impossible for locals and tourists not to interact each and every day.
Therefore unlike some of the other Cairbbean islands there is no tension towards
visitors, we always make you feel welcome!
love sharing our beaches with visiting travelers no matter
which beaches they choose to relax on. If you are ever lost
or need help do not be afraid to ask one of us for help. We
will be more than delighted to help.
One of the most important things travelers to foreign countries are
concerned about is whether or not the country is safe. There
biggest fear is whether or not the country is unstable and the
people violent. Well you will be happy to know
that people in Barbados are very docile people and the best
this is that we boast
the lowest crime rate in the Caribbean!
As of 2008, Barbados has a crime
more than 6 times lower than Jamaica and 4 times lower than
Trinidad & Tobago. Our crime rate is also lower than
Dominican Republic, Mexico and Costa Rica!
All and all people from Barbados will help make your Barbados
vacation a more relaxing and enjoyable one.
Do you want to learn more about the people of Barbados??....
are people from Barbados called?
The official name for a person from
is a "Barbadian".
However we usually refer to ourselves as "Bajans".
language do people from Barbados speak?
The official language of the Barbados
is English. On the island you will also here people speaking
a form of Barbadian dialect or Bajan dialect. Locals call
this "Speaking Bajan".
Bajan is a fusion between African words, words unique to the people of
Barbados and standard British English.
The history of the people of Barbados has created the diversity of the
island today. Lets take a quick look into the past...
History of Barbados People
Evidence has been found that the
first inhabited in 1620 B.C. by Arawak Indians, a tribe of Amerindians
that came to the island from nearby Venezuela. It is not
clear how these people managed to travel to the island considering that
they were paddling man-made canoes but they made it! Another
tribe of Amerindians called Caribs killed these Arawaks and took over
the island in the 1200s.
The Amerindians were then followed by
Portuguese explorer Pedro a Campos, who landed on Barbados while he was
sailing to Brazil. This Portuguese explorer
is believed to have given us our first name...”Los Barbados”..which
means The Bearded Ones. You may be wondering why he would call the
island this. Well there are many possible reasons but it is
commonly believed that it was because of the many fig trees throughout
the island. These fig trees, Ficus citrifolia, have long
hanging roots giving the trees the appearance of having long beards.
The British Land Owners, African
The British then arrived in 1625 lead
Captain John Powell, settling in the town of Holetown along the
coast. The British began cultivating many crops throughout
the island with the most valuable being sugar cane. In order
to do this the British built many sugar plantations throughout the
island to allow for mass production of this cash
crop. African slaves were brought to the island in
large ships to work on these sugar cane fields. Many
persecuted Europeans, such as Irish Catholics, also came to the island
as indentured servants to work on these sugar fields and sugar
Ethnic Diversity of the Barbados People
The Black Barbadians of African
Due to this array of ancestry there
Barbados people of various ethnic backgrounds. However you
will notice that about 90%
of the people in Barbados are black and are referred to as
This may seem like a very high
considering the fact that that many white Europeans had settled on the
island in the earlier days. However between the 1700s and 1800s the
African population of Barbados greatly increased as by the early 1800s
almost 400,000 African slaves had been imported to the
island. Black African slave workers therefore outnumbered
the white plantation owners and slave drivers.
This caused much racial tension throughout the island and fear
of there being a slave rebellion.
The White Barbadians of European
Many slave rebellions did occur with
most notable in 1816. In 1834 slavery in Barbados had been
abolished but by then many white European indenture servants
and British plantation owners left the island due to fear and
There are still many people in
European descent, commonly from British plantation owners or Irish and
Scottish indentured servants. The white population in Barbados
today makes up approximately 4% of the population. These
Barbadians are often referred to as Euro Bajans or White Bajans.
The Chinese, East Indians and The
The remaining 6% of Barbadians are made up of
Asians, Indians, Lebanese and Syrians.
Chinese Barbados people, or Bajan Chineys, are believed to have settled
Barbados from Hong Kong during the 2nd World War in the 1940s. On the
other hand much of the Indian population in Barbados orginated from
East Indians migrating from the neighbouring countries of Trinidad, as
well as from India. There is also a rising population of Guyanese
migrating from nearby Guyana.
The Lebanese and Syrians of Barbados
came to the island as refugees fleeing the turmoil and conflict of the
Middle East. It is believe that these Barbados people
the island during the wars between the Arab Nations and Israel of the
1960s and 1970s.
the most famous person from Barbados is the pop singer Robyn 'Rihanna'
Rihanna was discovered on the island at the age of sixteen by New York
producer Evan Rodgers.
People From Barbados
Evan Rodger's wife is a Barbadian and
he was on vacation in Barbados when he met and heard Rihanna
sing. He was blown away by her voice and took her back to New
York to meet rap artist and CEO of Def Jam Records, Jay-z.
Rihanna was signed on to Def Jam Records and the rest is
In 2008 Rihanna was awarded a Grammy for her hit
Some other famous Barbadians include soca musicians Rupee and Alison
Hinds, Bajan cricketer Sir Garfield Sobers as well as
political leaders Owen Arthur and Sir Grantley Adams.