• Barry Turner
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Barbados was settled by the British during the 1620s and developed as a sugar plantation economy, initially on the basis of slavery until its abolition in the 1840s. In 1951 universal suffrage was introduced, followed in 1954 by cabinet government. Full internal self-government was attained in Oct. 1961. On 30 Nov. 1966 Barbados became an independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth.


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Further Reading

  1. Beckles, H., A History of Barbados: from Amerindian Settlement to Nation-State. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1990Google Scholar
  2. Hoyos, F. A., Tom Adams: a Biography. London, 1988.—Barbados: A History from the Amerindians to Independence 2nd ed. London, 1992Google Scholar
  3. Potter, R. B. and Dann, G. M. S., Barbados. [Bibliography] ABC-Clio, Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1987Google Scholar
  4. National statistical office: Barbados Statistical Service, Fairchild Street, Bridgetown.Google Scholar

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