Barbados Historical Time Line

1511

King Ferdinand of Spain authorised the taking of slaves from Barbados

1536

Portuguese visits

1605

 First English vessel landed at Holetown

1627

Settlement by English

1636

Resolution of Barbados Council that Negroes and Indians should be life-long slaves

1637

Pequot War in N. America. Beginning of expulsion to Barbados and enslavement of Native Americans 

1638

Census of Landowners of more than 10 acres

1642

Beginning of cane sugar cultivation. 

1647

Report of a plague

1648

Scottish prisoners of war sent to Barbados.  Conspiracy of indentured servants to rebel

1649

Irish prisoners of war sent to Barbados

1654

Jewish synagogue built

1655

The Quaker Mission.  Report of Irish servants and black slaves escaping bondage to the Thickets.

1662

Trade in Barbados slaves to Spanish merchants revealed

1664

Society of Barbados Adventurers organised to explore and settle colonies in North America

1671

Removal of Native Americans from the Carolinas and Eastern Seaboard to Barbados and other islands

1672

Royal African Company formed to enter the slave market

1675

Wampanoag War captives.  Great hurricane  August 31

1680

Census of landowners with number of their servants and slaves

1682

Report of Governor of Spanish Florida concerning removal of Natives & Mestizos to Barbados

1685

Monmouth Rebellion: captives barbadosed.

1689     

Barbadian expansion to the Leeward Islands under Sir Timothy Thornhill

1710

The Codrington Trust.  Christopher Codrington’s Wish for education of his slaves

1715

Census of white inhabitants

1739

Act of Parliament February 27 allowing slaves to give evidence against Free Negroes, Indians and Mulattoes.

1751

Visit of George Washington

1780

Oct. 10: a dreadful hurricane

1783

Act of January 22 for maintenance and support of manumitted Negroes, Indians or Mulattoes

1799

October 14: Freedmen appeal for right to testify and protection under the law

1816

Slave revolt

1830

July 15: Free Coloured Petition for full civil rights

1831

June 9, Brown Privilege Bill passed with discriminatory qualifications allowing elite free coloured to vote.
August 11:  a great hurricane

1834

Apprenticeship of slaves

1838

Emancipation of slaves

1843

Free coloured liberal, Samuel Jackman Prescod, elected to Parliament

1863

Barbadian migration to British Guiana

1876

Confederation riots

1886

First black Chief Justice William Conrad Reeves appointed and knighted

1905

Recruitment of Barbadians to work on Panama Canal

1914

WORLD WAR I BEGAN

1924

Marcus Garvey movement. Democratic League founded

1937

Labouring class insurgency

1938

First black-owned penny bank called the Barbados Progressive & Co-operative Bank Limited founded (click for more information).
Barbados Progressive League Party founded.  Visit of Marcus Garvey

1939

WORLD WAR II BEGAN

1941

BPL split as Barbados Labour Party and Barbados Workers Union

1944

West Indian National Congress Party founded

1950

Adult suffrage legislation passed

1955

Democratic Labour Party founded

1958

Barbados Labour Party leader became first Prime Minister of the Federation of the West Indies

1966

April Visit of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia

November 30: INDEPENDENCE

 

 

 

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