a sovereign island country in the Lesser Antilles, in the Americas. It
is 34 kilometres in length and up to 23 kilometres
in width, covering an area of 432 square kilometres. It is situated in
the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 kilometres
east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; therein, it is
about 168 kilometres east of the islands of Saint Vincent and
the Grenadines and 400 kilometres north-east of Trinidad and
Tobago. Barbados is outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt.
The first Europeans to arrive on the island were probably the
Portuguese in about the year 1500. In 1605 Sir Olave Leigh landed on
the island and claimed it for King James. The first group of English
settlers, about 30, arrived on the island in about 1624. More English
settlers continued to arrive and by 1650 some 20,000 people had settled
on the island.
In 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm
with the British Monarch as hereditary head of state.
Current population of 280,121 people. Despite being classified
as an Atlantic island, Barbados is considered to be a part of the
Caribbean, where it is ranked as a leading tourist
An independence issue was
issued in 1966 which included stamps of the
Hilton Hotel and cricketer Gary Sobers. [R2].
Since then the island country issue only few sest a year.
So far Barbados issued only one set of Paleontology
related stamps: "Prehistoric Aquatic Reptiles"
Official stamps of Barbados that related to Paleontology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals
References: [R1] More information about Barbados: WikipediaWikiTravelFlag Country [R2] More info about philately of Barbados: Wikipedia
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