Essay by Mike DriverCollege, UndergraduateA, September 1996

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Barbados is a small country located in the Caribbean Sea.

The capital is Bridgetown with a population of about 8,789. The

head of state of Barbados is Queen Elizabeth II and she is

represented by General Dame Nita Barrow. The total population of

the country is around 252,000. The main language is English and

the predominant religion is Christianity. Their date of

independence was November 30, 1966.

Barbados is the eastern most Caribbean Island. It is about

200 miles North-North East of Trinidad and about 100 miles East-

South East of St. Lucia. It is the second smallest country in

the Western Hemisphere. The major urban centers in the area

include Bridgetown, Speightstown, Oistins, and Holetown. The

land is mainly flat except for a series of ridges that rise up to

about 1,000 feet and then falling towards the sea.

The climate of the region consists of tropical temperatures

influenced by the Northeast trade winds.

The average annual

temperature is approximately 77 degrees Fahrenheit. The daily

temperatures rarely get above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The dry

season is cool, while the wet season is slightly warmer. The

main rains come during the months of July, August, September,

October, and November. The annual average rainfall is 40 inches

in the coastal areas and 90 inches in the central areas.

The net migration into Barbados is 4.82 per 1000. The

annual growth rate is 0.4%, which is one of the lowest in the

world. The annual birthrate is 15.45 per 1000, and the annual

deathrate is 8.27 per 1000. Barbados ranks fourth in the World

in population density with the overall density being 1526 per

square mile. The whole island is inhabited, leaving no sparsely

populated areas. The main race is Negro, which is about 92% of

the population. The remainder...