Caribbean Wallpaper Wednesday: 45 Years of Barbados Independence and the Promise of a New Day
Time can be hard to measure in the Caribbean. Somehow nothing seems to last for long, yet nothing seems to ever change.
Cars, boats, and other intricate manmade objects easily surrender to the punishment of the West Indian sun and salt air — turning to expensive piles of rust almost before your eyes. While on the flip side, the ever-present trade winds, clockwork tides and consistent temperatures play tricks on the mind until keeping track of whether it’s November or February becomes delightfully difficult.
So, it’s hard to say whether the English rule over Barbados is uncommon for its longevity or the fact that it came to an end at all.
Three hundred and thirty-eight years. That’s how long Barbados was under uninterrupted British governance. For comparison, consider that seven flags flew over our home island of St. Croix during that time. And that’s pretty much par for the course when it comes to island nations changing hands during the colonial period.
But not Barbados.
Nope, from the arrival of the first English settlers in 1628 until this day, November 30th, in 1966, Barbados was another emerald in the crown. In fact, it’s the only island to have not changed hands during this time. So with today marking the 45th anniversary of Bajan independence, I’d like to take a moment to remember our good friends in Bim.
Today’s Caribbean Wallpaper might not be all that patriotic, but I think the sun setting with the promise of a new day is appropriate. Click the link below to download it now and raise a glass of your favorite Barbados rum in celebration!