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  1. 1. HBARBADOSBARBADOS World Heritage TravelersInsights...World Heritage Barbados Volume 1, Issue1
  2. 2. H TravelersInsights magazine explores the legacy of heritage and its influence on people and cultures H UNESCO’s World Heritage program has as its premise the goal of creating lasting peace. Adding a tourism component open this foundation to the world: To regions, political parties, hospitality suppliers, travelers and the general public. In tourism we all can play a part in bridging understanding and sharing heritage. Rejoice in what is good and learn from what is not. Peace through understanding and sharing.
  3. 3. H Table of Contents Historic Bridgetown 1-2 Unique Architecture 3-6 African & British Heritage 7-8 Cultural Heritage 9-10 Landmarks 13-14 Disctinctively Charming 15-20 Back page - Contacts H
  4. 4. H Fountain in Former Trafalgar Square, now Heroes Square In the centre of Bridgetown, Barbados, close to the historic bridge built originally by the Amerindians, stands a statue of Lord Nelson. It predates the statue of the man in Trafalgar Square in London. The British elite living in Barbados at the time of Nelson’s defeat of the French claimed that Nelson had “preserved the West Indies from being captured by the French” and erected the statue in his honour. The statue stands as a testimony to British ceremony, to its architecture, and its old world heritage. I PAGE ONE Bridgetown, Barbados The Careenage
  5. 5. H BHistoric Bridgetown & its Garrison a UNESCO World Heritage Site Public Library War Memorial, Heroes Square PAGE TWO NH Admiral Nelson The Barbados statue predates the statue of Lord Horatio Nelson in London, Britain by approximately thirty years. Garrison Historic Area HHistoric Bridgetown and its Garrison in Barbados is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as; “an outstanding example of British colonial architecture consisting of a well-preserved old town built in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries”
  6. 6. H ArchitectureA unique Architecture... Clock tower Bridgetown Victorian house in Belleville, outskirts of BridgetownParliament
  7. 7. H The Nelson Statue is an interesting recognition and one that sits uneasily with some Barbadians, remembering that it was the African slaves and their descendants who built the wealth of the British plantation class, and that Nelson was a hard supporter of the dreadful trade in slavery. The square where Nelson stands, once named Trafalgar Square, was renamed “Heroes Square” to commemorate the human heritage of the island and celebrate its African past as much as its British roots. The UNESCO recognition of Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison “also includes a nearby military garrison which consists of numerous historic buildings. It’s serpentine urban colonial town planning compared to the Spanish and Dutch colonial cities of the region which were built along a grid plan.” HA unique Architecture Bridgetown’s architecture, says the UNESCO announcement, consists “of a well-preserved old town built in the 17th, to the spread of Great Britain’s Atlantic colonial empire”. St. Nicholas Abbey - Jacobean architecture Barbados Museum Queen’s Park Theatre Bas relief of Queen Victoria on Queen’s Park Gallery Facade Barracks of the Defence Force Gazebo at Queen’s Park HPAGE FOUR
  8. 8. H ArchitectureA unique Architecture H Mutual Building, Bridgetown Barracks of the Barbados Defence PAGE FIVE
  9. 9. H Queen’s Park Pavilion Court Needhams Point The Old Spirit Bond Barracks of the Defence Force PAGE SIX H“Bridgetown participated not only in the international trade of goods and enslaved persons but also in the transmission of ideas and cultures that characterized the developing colonial enterprise in the Atlantic World.” ... UNESCO
  10. 10. H H HeritageAfrican & British Heritage Barbados indeed has a rich African and British heritage. Yet, we must not forget there are memories and traces of an even longer past with relics of the Carib and Amerindian settlements throughout the land. Much is preserved in museums by the Garrison Savannah. Some of the old buildings in the area date back 300 years. Barbados also has two of the only three surviving Jacobean homes. It is replete with original Georgian and Pavilion architecture and stately plantations. It has one of the oldest synagogues in the western hemisphere. The history of the synagogue started with the Dutch Jewish refugees inquisition. Some stopped in Barbados en route to Holland. They arrived just a year after the English settlement of Barbados in 1627. Remains of a slave hut Transporting sugar products in ‘spiders PAGE SEVEN
  11. 11. H Plying their wares on the waterfront PAGE EIGHT H“By the 17th century, was able to establish its importance in the British Atlantic trade and became an entrepôt for goods, especially sugar, and enslaved persons destined for Barbados and the rest of the Americas.” ... UNESCO Bridgetown: Center of Atlantic Trade in 17th century
  12. 12. H HeritageCultural Heritage Public worship for Jewish people living in Barbados came in 1654, three years before England allowed it. In many respects Barbados was ahead of the UK open mindedness. “Bridgetown illustrates the interchange of several occupational, religious, ethnic, free and enslaved groups; a meeting of cultures, which created a hybridized Creole culture in the Anglophone Caribbean” Jewish synagogue - oldest in the Western hemisphere PAGE NINE HA Mixed Cultural Heritage Breeds Exceptional People The Dutch Jewish refugees brought with them skills and knowledge of cane and sugar production. Soon, Barbados thrived on the trade of sugar and rum, owing much to the Dutch engineers and the African workers.
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  14. 14. H sports Horse racing, dressage and polo is big part of Barbados Sports Heritage
  15. 15. H The real heritage of Barbados, is its people; the ordinary and extraordinary men and women who made it what it is today. The island became independent in 1966 under the leadership of The Rt. Hon. Errol Barrow, who amongst his many achievements, brought free education for all levels; a victory against segregation in education. Rt. Hon. Errol Barrow Sir Grantley Adams Before Errol Barrow there were men like Samuel Jackman Prescod (1806-1871). Renowned politician, humanitarian and journalist, he was elected in 1843 to sit in the House of Assembly. “Bussa” Leader of the slave revolt A Fine Lineage of Leadership & Inspiration...
  16. 16. H HeritageLandmarks The Barbados Museum The Museum is housed in the former British Military Prison, which was built in 1817. Mutual Building This building dates from 1895. Features include classic Victorian architecture, large domes and an impressive ornate cast iron veranda. Landmarks include: PAGE THIRTEEN George Washington House An excellent example of Georgian architecture. George Washington stayed here in 1751; ... Barbados was the only place he visited outside of America.
  17. 17. H St. Ann’s Fort The Main Guard, Garrison Military Cemetary PAGE FOURTEEN HHistoric Bridgetown and its Garrison area stretch from the old town hall in the North West to St. Ann’s Fort in the South.
  18. 18. H With a lineage of wise leadership and an educated, articulate workforce, Barbados has not lost its natural touch and you will and charming. On one hand the island is elegant and sophisticated with some of the best restaurants and some of the most distinctive hotels in the world. On the other hand it is accessible with affordable guest houses and B&Bs, and charming people. Barbados is distinctively charming, colourful and fun. from luxury to local charm PAGE FIFTEEN HThe Real Heritage of Barbados is its People Distinctively Charming
  19. 19. H Enjoy Barbados distinctively charmingThings To Do While on a Heritage Holiday in Barbados Take time also to enjoy a leisurely cruise along the west coast to snorkel over the reefs and swim with the turtles. The sightseeing is excellent, rent a car and they will plan a route for you based on your interests. Some of the most popular activities are: The Atlantis Submarine, Harrison’s Cave and Island Safari. Dining is excellent; The Cliff, Champers, Tapas and the hidden gems in street food like Mr. Delicious bus at Miami beach and the
  20. 20. H Swim with the Barbados’ We don’t know if this photo is technically correct. It seems to show two turtles kissing. Can that be true? Kissing Turtles The turtles are having a ball and seem to love all the attention and the frolic with swimmers on this catamaran sail and party cruise. So here are the facts that we know on turtles romance. Female turtles mate every two to four years. Males can mate every year. So you have to wait up to 4 years for a mate as a female, but we suppose kissing can be anytime! The “Lost Years” After hatching and instinctively crawling into the sea, the juvenile open ocean. They are rarely seen as they live for several years in the deep, pelagic waters. Imagine these tiny little creatures fending all for them- selves in the ocean way off the shore. How brave they must be. They get carried on tides and often end up in the gulf stream, hitching a ride on the seaweed that circulates clockwise around the north atlantic, providing a refuge for small turtles. At this stage the turtles are carnivorous, feeeding Scientist refer to this stage as the “The Lost Years” as little is known. years to reach sexual maturity and can live up to eighty years in the wild. Only 1% of hatchlings reach maturity. Mature Adult Turtles 25 Years & Over Mature turtles spend most of their time in shallow, coastal waters with lush sea grass beds. Adults frequent inshore bays, lagoons and shoals with lush seagrass meadows. Entire gen- erations often migrate between one pair of feeding and nesting areas. PAGE SEVENTEEN distinctively charming
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  22. 22. H Amongst his many talents, David is an artisan who you will see at Accra beach. He sells beaded bracelets and costume jewelry which he and local artisans make. He is married to Darla Trotman, an extraordinary artist, who paints with such realism that you have to study to see that it is not a picture. But when you look closely you will see her distinctive touch. I did not know all this when I approached David at Accra and asked if I could video him for our website. Within a few moments it was clear that I was talking to a different sort of beach vendor. He was reading Og, “How to be a better salesman”. I had recently read a book by Og, about an angel, and liked it. We talked of the philosophy behind his writing. “You know, sometimes we just don’t know how good things are, we just keep going, then one day you look you have”. David said. I thought he was talking of his table of beads and the mag- so of his restaurant and guest house and so much else. So why do you do this I asked? “I like it”, he told me, “I like being with people, I love this beach and I meet all sort of good people here”. David watched a young girl walk past and caught her eye. “Hey”, he says, “don’t rush off Miss, come here, this man got a movie camera. Come, come, I will make you a movie star”. Before I could say camera action, he had us organised, the girl slightly bewildered and unsure while I videotaped. Davids light touch put her at ease and soon she was laughing with him. “No way”, she says, “You cant build a star without props. You need action. Where are the coconut and the diamonds?” “Done” says David, “I see you are already got the attitude of a star. OK madam. Coconut man come cut a coconut for the star. Here let me put the royal beads pun you. Yes that’s better, Perhaps we should dance. Bring on the band, hear that music, you like it?, She smiled at his sense of fun, for there was no music and the coconut man was a long way off, but the beads he gave her were real. “Yes that smile is going to knock them dead, yes, already a star, with attitude”. We laughed easily at his charm. “Very good”, he says, “rehearsals tomorrow. Then the Oscar”. David is the star. I no longer marvel at his success. I will look at every beach vendor and wonder at the entrepreneurial spirit behind that simple act. And wonder too how un-simple it is for people of little means to make a living this way, it takes talent, drive and character to do this work well. © Ian R Clayton Distinctively Charming Beach Culture.... PAGE NINETEEN H distinctively charming
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  24. 24. World Heritage Travel & Tourism Marketing Advertising and sponsorship opportunities are available for brands, packages, destinations and associations. HERITAGE TRAVEL MARKETING & PUBLISHING PO Box 16B, Baslen House Kingston Terrace Bridgetown, St. Michael, BB11090 Barbados, West Indies Tel. 246 429 2653 CANADA Axses Inc. 211 Kennedy Road Boutiliers Point Nova Scotia B3Z iV5 Canada Travel Marketing HBarbados World Heritage Resourses: Heritage Tours: Heritage Vacations: Historic Places (map): Hotels in and around the historic area: Activities in and around the historic area: Barbados World Heritage Volume 1, Issue 1 PHOTOGRAPHY Kristine Dear © 2012 Axses © 2012 AUTHOR Ian R. Clayton © 2012