COVID -19: Perspectives from Barbados. #12
You Talk It. We Live It host River Scholl talks with Journalist and Broadcaster Ryan Broome about COVID-19's impact on the Caribbean island of Barbados and the nation's efforts to combat the pandemic.
Here are five interesting facts about Barbados:
- The name Barbados was chosen by a Portuguese explorer called Pedro a Campos. When he landed in Barbados, the island was covered in fig trees which have a beard like appearance and hence named the island "Los Barbados" which means The Bearded One!
- 32% of the country is agricultural land and the island was once covered in dense rainforest. Some of which can still be found in parishes located in the centre of the island.
- Barbados was a British Colony for over 300 years and gained its independence in 1966. In 2021, the country plans to sever all remaining ties with Britain to become a full fledged republic!
- Barbados has over 3000 hours of sunshine each year. The hottest month recorded was in April and the coolest in January.
- In 2016, the World Economic Forum ranked Barbados' educational system 9th best in the world.
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