Historical Facts -President George Washington

BRIDGETOWN BARBADOS MAP - Late 18th Century
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS MAP - Late 18th Century

The commercial activities of the British Empire created two major commercial centres in the North Atlantic, Bridgetown, Barbados, and Boston, both of them linked to London in the mother country. The prominent position of Barbados was due to her geographical location vis a vis the trade winds that carried ships to and from Europe, America and Africa, as well as the rapid growth of her sugar-based economy in the seventeenth century, which made her, a contemporary writer noted, “the richest spot of ground in the world”.

People and trade between Barbados and the American British colonies moved freely in both directions, though the principal flow was to the north. Barbados was the springboard for English colonization in the Western Hemisphere. One of the crucial developments in this period was the formation in 1660 of a group of investors, known as the Society of Barbados Adventurers, which established a first settlement near what is today Wilmington, North Carolina and subsequently, at Charleston, South Carolina. The first Governors of these colonies came from Barbados. This led to further migration, a broad mix of all social classes and races. More than seven million Americans can today claim links with Barbados, including a surprising number of prominent American families. 
  
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