The first inhabitants of Barbados were the Arawak Indians. They were driven off the island in 1200 AD by the invading Carib Indians from Venezuela. The Caribs abandoned Barbados by the time the first European sailed in to the region.
In 1536, Portuguese explorer Pedro a Campos discovered the island en route to Brazil. He named the island Los Barbados, meaning the 'Bearded One' after the island's Fig Trees whose long hanging aerial roots had a beard-like resemblance.
In 1625, Captain John Powell landed and claimed the uninhabited island for England. Two years later, his brother, Captain Henry Powell, landed with a party of eighty settlers and ten slaves. More settlers followed in their wake, and by the end of 1628 the population was around two thousand.
The colonists originally planted the fields with tobacco and cotton, but by 1640 they had discovered the potential of sugarcane. To meet the labor demands of the new crop, they began to import large amounts of African slaves. The first large sugar cane plantations in the Caribbean became immensely profitable. In 1663, Barbados was made into an English Crown Possession, and by the mid seventeenth century, the planters and merchants were thriving. By the beginning of the eighteenth century, slaves were imported to Barbados by ships belonging to the East India Trading Company.
Jack Sparrow once encountered his old friend Esmeralda in Barbados. A few years later, when Jack became a merchant captain in the East India Trading Company, his ship, the Wicked Wench, sailed a few miles off the east coast of Barbados. Jack saw the island in the distance through his spyglass.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Barbados appears in the video game Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned. But, since that game was canceled, it is unknown if the island's appearance in the game is canon or not.
- Jack Sparrow: Silver (First mentioned)
- The Price of Freedom (First appearance)
- Legends of the Brethren Court: Day of the Shadow (Mentioned only)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned