Exploring the History of Barbados at Casablanca

The island of Barbados has a rich history and so many beautiful destinations for you to explore during your stay at Casablanca! Plenty of them are just a short drive from the Villa. Spend your day exploring all the island has to offer, and your nights in the comfort of the luxurious Villa.


The very early history of Barbados is shrouded in mystery, and there are still many questions about early settlers and life on the island. Archeological evidence unearthed has suggested that Barbados may have housed settlers in 1600 BCE already, but more information is known about the Arawak and Carib people who lived on the island from about 500 to 1500 CE. Portuguese explorers landed on the island in the 16th century. They named the island Los Barbados, which could have been because the fig trees had a beard-like appearance or because of the bearded inhabitants of the island.

Here are some destinations to consider visiting during your stay!


1. Barbados Museum

Check out the Barbados Museum for more information about the island’s early history! The museum has displays that explore the lives of the Arawak and Carib people, information about the slave trade, and a reconstruction of an 18th century plantation house.

2. Bridgetown

The capital city of Barbados is Bridgetown, and it is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Explore all the city has to offer! Unlike most Caribbean cities, Bridgetown was not designed with a grid layout. Instead, it maintains the design of a medieval city. The city is known for its vibrant nightlife, the British colonial architecture, and fantastic beaches. And if you’re looking for adventure, there are six shipwreck dive sites to explore in Carlisle Bay!

3. The Emancipation Statue

In the 17th century, Barbados was occupied by the English, who established plantations across the island and furthered the slave trade. The statue commemorates Bussa, who led about 400 slaves in a revolt against the British. Bussa became a hero of Barbados.

4. Blackmans Gully and Bridge

This natural attraction is located on the east coast of the island. It was constructed entirely out of limestone boulders and held together with molasses, egg whites, and a white lime and sand mixture. The bridge has been on the island since before 1682!

5. Tyrol Cot Heritage Village

This four-acre property was built in the late 19th century, and it was the home of Sir Grantley Adams, who was the first Premier of Barbados. Adam’s son, Tom Adams, grew up at Tyrol Cot and went on to become the island’s first Prime Minister.

These are just a few examples of the many fascinating and engaging historical sites you can check out during your stay at Casablanca. Other sites include the George Washington House, the Garrison, St. John’s Parish Church, and the Screw Dock.

Have fun exploring the island! Our staff and concierge service can help you plan excursions, book tickets, and experience an authentic island experience.


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