Barbados

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Fascinated by the strange, bearded figs growing on this easternmost Caribbean island, 16th-century Portuguese explorer pedro a Campos named the land after them- "Los Barbados," meaning "the bearded ones." But it was the English who in 1627 first colonized the island. Located about 250 miles off the coast of Venezuela.

Presents information on the geography, history, economy, and people of Barbados. Includes a chronology, recipes, ...

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Overview

Fascinated by the strange, bearded figs growing on this easternmost Caribbean island, 16th-century Portuguese explorer pedro a Campos named the land after them- "Los Barbados," meaning "the bearded ones." But it was the English who in 1627 first colonized the island. Located about 250 miles off the coast of Venezuela.

Presents information on the geography, history, economy, and people of Barbados. Includes a chronology, recipes, project ideas, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Called "Little England of the Caribbean," Barbados is a blend of African and British cultures. Claiming the island in 1625, the British brought almost 400,000 slaves from Africa between 1640 and 1807 to work on the sugarcane plantations. Today eighty percent of the population is black, four percent is white, and the other sixteen percent is made up of mixed race, East Indians, Middle Eastern, and Chinese. Tourism has now surpassed sugar exports to be the largest component of the economy. Barbados also boasts development as a center for information technology and banking. Although the economy remains modest, the nation's population is small and most "Bajans" (or Barbadians) are well off compared to people in other Caribbean countries. One of eleven texts in the "Discovering the Caribbean" series, this book provides chapters on the geography, history, economy, and people and culture of Barbados. A calendar of Barbadian festivals is included, as are recipes for local specialties, a glossary, chronology, index, and list of additional resources. A section on project and report ideas could easily be used in the classroom to augment geography studies. Box texts, photographs, and maps round out the text. 2004, Mason Crest Publishers, Ages 7 to 10.
— Valerie O. Patterson
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Each volume covers its island's geography, history, culture, major cities, and tourism. Barbados discusses the blend of English and African cultures, beginning with the arrival of the British in 1625 and the subsequent enslavement of Africans in 1640. Little information is provided on the native Amerindian inhabitants, the Arawak. Dominican Republic looks at the regional music, dance, and religion formed by the melding of Spanish and African traditions. Both titles include simple recipes and two pages of useful ideas for related projects and reports. Colorful borders and photographs enliven the straightforward texts. Additional purchases for children not quite ready for the "Enchantment of the World" series (Children's).-Ajoke' T. I. Kokodoko, Oakland Public Library, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422206218
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Caribbean Today Series
  • Pages: 63
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction James D. Henderson 6

Beauty, Beaches, and Bajans 9

Little England of the Caribbean 17

From Sugar to Tourists 27

All o' We Are Bajans! 35

Exploring the Lopsided Pear 43

A Calendar of Barbadian Festivals 50

Recipes 52

Glossary 54

Project and Report Ideas 56

Chronology 58

Further Reading/Internet Resources 60

For More Information 61

Index 62

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