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Trinidad, Tobago, and Barbados Wildlife
Species that make these Caribbean islands their home include the mongoose, the red-footed tortoise, the leatherback and hawksbill turtles, the whistling frog and various types of bat, lizard and toad. Imported species who have flourished in Barbados include the European hare and the West African green monkey, mostly found in woodland areas where …
Modern History of Barbados & Trinidad
Barbados was visited by both the Spanish and Portuguese, but claimed as a colony by Britain in 1625. Trinidad, as well as Tobago and other smaller islands, became part of the Spanish empire. Large numbers of English settlers arrived in Barbados in the 17th century to farm tobacco and cotton. The introduction of sugar cultivation from the middle of …
Trinidad, Tobago, and Barbados Politics
After achieving independence from Britain in 1966 Barbados became a parliamentary democracy using the British Westminster system as a model. The reigning British monarch remains as its head of state, represented by a local Governor General, and the country is a member of the British-led Commonwealth of Nations. The Democratic Labour Party and the …
Trinidad, Tobago, and Barbados Weather
The best time to visit on a Caribbean cruise is during the first half of the year. Both nations enjoy a tropical climate, largely free of major hurricanes, divided into two seasons. The dry season occupies the first half of the calendar year, while the wet season dominates the second half. Annual rainfall can vary from 45 to 90 inches (1.1 meters …
Trinidad, Tobago, and Barbados Cuisine
Tourists in Barbados can enjoy national delicacies like cou cou (a blend of cornmeal and okra with the local spicy bajan seasoning) and steamed or fried flying fish. Other fish, such as mahi mahi and blue marlin, feature in a typical menu, and are often accompanied by macaroni cheese pie. Black-eyed peas and rice and candied sweet potatoes are …
Trinidad, Tobago, and Barbados Culture
Tourism, and offshore finance attracted by the low tax regime, have replaced sugar cane as the main players in the economy of Barbados, but the importance of sugar cane is still emphasized in the annual Crop Over carnival held in July and early August. The ethnic origin of the population is predominantly African. The Grammy-winning musician …
Trinidad, Tobago, and Barbados
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