Barbados Republic breaks from its British Colony past

December 1, 2021

Barbados becomes a republic and break from its past as a British colony

Barbados becomes a republic and break from its past as a British colony

Barbados is the world’s newest republic. Tuesday was a historic day that marked the end of an era that started 50 years ago. On November 30, 1966, the island country became an independent state and Commonwealth realm.

Barbados turns back to symbol from slavery era

Barbados is opening a new chapter and has cut ties with a painful reminder of slavery. After gaining its independence from Great Britain, the country joined the Commonwealth realm.

This move meant that Queen Elizabeth II was in a very symbolic way Queen of Barbados and head of state. By becoming a republic, Barbados is trying to move on from its past as a British colony.

That controversial past began in 1627 and was followed by the slave trade that served as the backbone of the plantation economy. Slavery was abolished in 1833.

Elizabeth II, who is 95, did not travel to the island for the big occasion. The Queen remains head of state in fifteen countries.

The list includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Bahamas, Belize, and Jamaica. Before Barbados, Mauritius ditched the Queen in 1992.

However, both countries have opted to remain in the Commonwealth of Nations.

Prince Charles fails to apologize for slavery

Prince Charles, the future king of England, was present as Barbados turned the page on a dark period.

The royal, who was the guest of honor, delivered a powerful speech that addressed slavery and praised the strength of the Barbadian people for never giving up on their quest for freedom and self-determination.

The message was clear, but it did not contain an apology. While Prince Charles served as a link between the past and the present during the ceremony, many people on the island did not approve of his presence.

Some even saw it as an insult to the memory of those who fought for freedom. Critics argue that the British Royal Family has built some of its wealth on the back of slaves.

Barbados has its first president, Sandra Mason

The place once called “Little England” has been a real success in the Caribbean.

Former Governor-General Sandra Mason, who was elected by the House of Assembly and the Senate in October, will now serve as president. Mason was the Queen’s representative on the island.

Based on the Barbadian constitution, the president is not the one running country.

The position is primarily practical. Barbados Labour Party government is led by Prime Minister Mia Mottley who is the person with executive authority.

The system in Barbados is based on the British model.

With a population of close to 300,000 people, Barbados relies on tourism and used to be a major exporter of sugar.

Rihanna receives major honor

Prime Minister Mottley used the momentous occasion to celebrate one of the country’s most famous exports — singer and fashion billionaire Rihanna.

The entertainer was given the honor of National Hero of Barbados. Her full title is now The Right Honourable Robyn Rihanna Fenty of Barbados.

RiRi, as her fans like to call her, was born near the capital of Barbados, Bridgetown. She moved to America during her teenage years to pursue her dreams as an artist.

Pushed by rapper JAY-Z, she has become one of the biggest entertainers of all time.

By honoring Rihanna, the country is putting the focus on the future, hoping to inspire a new generation to follow in her footsteps.

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