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The real reason Prince Charles came to Barbados

The British began colonizing Barbados in 1627, and the decades that followed saw the island grow into a major producer and exporter of tobacco, cotton, and sugar cane. But that economic success has come at a heavy price. As they did with America, Dutch merchants kidnapped thousands of African citizens from their homeland and enslaved them (via Barbados.org). The country finally abolished slavery in 1834, after which former slaves served as apprentices for four years on plantations in exchange for free housing. In 1838, Barbadian slaves were officially liberated.

The establishment of a republic and the election of a president marked the end of centuries of British rule in Barbados. President-elect Sandra Mason (pictured with Prince Charles in 2019) spoke on the matter at the opening of the country’s parliament in 2020 (via Everyone). “The time has come for us to leave our colonial past completely behind,” she said. “The people of Barbadian want a Barbadian head of state. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving.”

Charles’ attendance at independent festivals is not without controversy. Some Barbadians objected to the presence of any British royalty, due to the country’s history, and a protest was held the day before the president was sworn in. One of the protest organizers told Barbados today, “You’re breaking with monarchy or you’re not breaking with monarchy. And if you’re breaking with monarchy, you can’t invite them to participate in that process.”

https://www.thelist.com/672827/the-real-reason-prince-charles-is-in-barbados/ The real reason Prince Charles came to Barbados

Bobby Allyn

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