The English colony of Barbados was first settled in 1625 and witnessed a colossal transformation of its economic fortunes following the introduction of sugar and rum in the 1640s. Within three decades, the Barbadian frontier economy dominated by small farmsteads growing cotton and tobacco, was replaced by large plantations that cultivated sugar cane.
Windmill technology was introduced by the exiled Jewish community which sought refuge in Barbados from religious persecution in Europe and Brazil, during the mid-17th century. In the ensuing years Barbados became populated with over 500 windmills, which resulted in the island having the second highest density of these structures per square mile in the world, second only to the Netherlands.
In addition to fine powdery white sand beaches and brilliant turquoise bays, you’ll find world class golf courses, fine dining, luxury boutiques and rum shops. Bridgetown, is the bustling capital of Barbados and is recognized as a world heritage site, with daily markets, and an international airport.
The interior of the island is dotted with tropical gardens, and nature reserves. The low rolling hills and large plantations on the Caribbean west coast rise up to meet the mountains that rim the rocky east coast shoreline of the island. Adding to the natural beauty of the island are its gentle and welcoming people.