Caribbean Tourism

The Easter Rebellion

The 1816 Easter Rebellion was an uprising by slaves who thought (incorrectly) that William Wilberforce had introduced a bill in the English parliament granting slaves their freedom.


It was thought by the slaves that the Barbados plantation owners were denying them this freedom. Despite destroying a large acreage of cane fields, no owners or their families were killed and the uprising was quickly crushed by the West Indian Regiment. Several hundred slaves were killed in battle or hanged afterwards, including the best-known leader, an African called Bussa, and Washington Francklyn, a free man of mixed race who was thought, probably erroneously, to have planned the rebellion. 123 slaves were exiled to Sierra Leone.


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History

There were Amerindians on Barbados for upwards of a thousand years. The first Europeans to find the island were the Portuguese, who named...

Culture

Literature: Two Barbadian writers whose work has had great influence throughout the Caribbean are the novelist George Lamming and the poet...

Introduction

Barbados, the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands, is struck by the pounding Atlantic surf on the East Coast and washed be the gentle...

Barbados, easternmost island of the West Indies

Barbados, easternmost island of the West Indies, blends its rich history with up-to-date sophistication in life beside the sea -- the best...

HOW TO GET THERE

AIRLINES: Air Canada. Air Jamaica. Airtours. American Airlines. Britannia. British Airways, (Inc Concorde). BWIA. Caledonian Airways. LIAT...

MONEY/ BUSINESS GUIDE

BANKS: Barbados National Bank. Bank of Nova Scotia. Barclays Bank. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) Caribbean Ltd. Caribbean...

COUNTRY PROFILE AND MAP

GEOGRAPHY: Barbados, the most easterly of the Caribbean Islands, lies within 13 degrees North & 59 degrees West with the Atlantic surf...