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|Behind the scenes|
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 islands Fig Tree's whose long hanging aerial roots have 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 80 settlers and 10 slaves. More settlers followed in their wake and by the end of 1628 the population was around 2000.
The colonists originally planted the fields with tobacco and cotton, but by 1640 they had discovered the potential of Sugar Cane. 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 a English Crown Possession, by the mid 17th century the planters and merchants were thriving. By the beginning of the eighteenth century, slaves were imported to Barbados by ships of the East India Trading Company.
Sometime in the early 1730s, Jack Sparrow 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 scenes
- 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)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned