The island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies in the Caribbean region. It is just to the east of St Lucia. Barbados.
It is the home of the Kalinago people since the 13th century. The word Barbados is translated from a few different languages as: ‘Bearded Ones’. Like so many islands Barbados was ‘claimed’ by whichever European nation navigators passed by. At one time or another Spain, Portugal and finally England colonized the island.
With the thriving sugar industry the English, even an individual business man, claimed to ‘own’ Barbados. With the amount of money involved in sugar the English made Barbados a hub for slaves from Africa. Slavery was abolished in 1833. After this thousands of indentured servants from Ireland were brought to work in the sugar mills.
The current flag was adopted in 1966 after it was given it’s freedom from England. It is a triband of 2 bands of ultramarine (the ocean and the sky) separated by a gold band (the sand on the beaches). On the golden band is a broken trident head (broken because it is no longer a colony.) The 3 points of the trident head stand for the 3 points of government: Of the people; For the people and By the people.
I appreciate the design and that it is different from most of the flags in my collection. This is a ‘good flag’ according to NAVA standards.
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