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Country (long form) none
Capital Bridgetown
Total Area 166.02 sq mi
430.00 sq km
(2.5 times the size of Washington, DC)
Population 275,330 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 284,494
Languages English
Literacy 97.4% total, 98.0% male, 96.8% female (1995 est.)
Religions Protestant 67% (Anglican 40%, Pentecostal 8%, Methodist 7%, other 12%), Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%, other 12%
Life Expectancy 70.66 male, 75.86 female (2001 est.)
Government Type parliamentary democracy; independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth
Currency 1 Barbadian dollar (Bds$) = 100 cents
GDP (per capita) $14,500 (2000 est.)
Industry tourism, sugar, light manufacturing, component assembly for export
Agriculture sugarcane, vegetables, cotton
Arable Land 37%
Natural Resources petroleum, fish, natural gas
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Geography of Barbados

Barbados, an island nation in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies. It lies in the Atlantic Ocean, nearly 1,600 miles (2,600 km) east-southeast of Florida.

History of Barbados

Arawak Indians originally inhabited Barbados but had disappeared by the time the first English settlers arrived in the 1620's.