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Bridgetown
The location of Bridgetown (the red star)
Coordinates: 13°05′41″N 59°37′03″W / 13.0947, -59.6175
Country Barbados
Parish Saint Michael
Established 1628
Area
 - City  15.0 sq mi (38.8 km²)
Population (2006)
 - Metro 96,578
For other instances of Bridgetown, see Bridgetown (disambiguation)

The City of Bridgetown, metropolitan pop 96,578 (2006), is the capital and largest city of the nation of Barbados. Formerly, the Town of Saint Michael the Greater Bridgetown area is located within the parish of Saint Michael. The Bridgetown port is located at 13°7′N, 59°37′W, on the southwestern coast of the island along Carlisle Bay. Parts of the Greater Bridgetown area lie along the borders of the neighbouring parishes Christ Church and St. James. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The parish of Saint Michael is home to Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up Bridgetown in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... This article is about a city that serves as a center of government and politics. ... Barbados which is located in the Caribbean, is divided into eleven parts or sections that are called Parishes. ... The parish of Saint Michael is home to Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados. ... Carlisle Bay is a small natural harbor located in the southwest region of Barbados. ... Christ Church is a parish of Barbados at the southern end of the island. ... Saint James is a parish of Barbados on the western side of the island, and is becoming increasingly known as the playground of the rich and famous, and a haven for sun-starved tourists. ...


The present day location of the city was established by the British in 1628 following their settlement at James Town. Bridgetown is a major West Indies tourist destination, and the city acts as an important financial, informatics and convention centre in the Caribbean region. 1628 was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar). ... Holetown is now a small town of Barbados, along with Speightstown, Oistins and the capital city, Bridgetown. ... “West Indian” redirects here. ...


Each January, Bridgetown hosts the Barbados Jazz Festival. The Barbados Jazz Festival is an annual jazz festival of the Caribbean island of Barbados. ...

Contents

Geography and climate

Suburbs of Bridgetown with Harbour in the background
Suburbs of Bridgetown with Harbour in the background

The city of Bridgetown, and the wider Greater Bridgetown area occupy most of the parish of Saint Michael, an area which covers around 39km² (15 sq. mi). Bridgetown's centre was originally composed of a swamp, which was quickly drained and filled-in to make way for city's early development. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x673, 596 KB) Summary Bridgetown, Barbados, selfmade photograph on Nov 10 2005 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Bridgetown ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x673, 596 KB) Summary Bridgetown, Barbados, selfmade photograph on Nov 10 2005 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Bridgetown ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


At the heart of Bridgetown is the Careenage and Constitution River. This body of water provides the city with direct access from medium sized yachts or small craft boats. Although moderately shallow, the Careenage slices Bridgetown into two parts. During the rainy season the Constitution River flows into the Careenage area and acts as an outflow for water from the islands interior storm drainage network. Flowing into the Carlisle Bay on the southwest coast of the island, the Careenage can be observed as a marina for boaters entering or exiting the inner basin located directly in front of the Parliament buildings of Barbados. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ... Some pleasure craft in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. A pleasure craft (or pleasure boat) is a boat used for personal recreational or sometimes sporting purpose. ... A boat is a watercraft designed to float on, and provide transport over, water. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A small marina at Brixham, Devon, England. ...


Barbados has a tropical climate.

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg high °C (°F) 28 (82.4) 28 (82.4) 29 (84.2) 30 (86) 31 (87.8) 31 (87.8) 30 (86) 31 (87.8) 31 (87.8) 30 (86) 29 (84.2) 28 (82.4)
Avg low temperature °C (°F) 21 (69.8) 21 (69.8) 21 (69.8) 22 (71.6) 23 (73.4) 23 (73.4) 23 (73.4) 23 (73.4) 23 (73.4) 23 (73.4) 23 (73.4) 22 (71.6)
Source: BBC Weather

Record Temps for Bridgetown: Record High: 33C (91.4 F) Record Low: 16C (60.8 F)


History

Although the island was totally abandoned or uninhabited when the British landed there, one of the few traces of indigenous pre-existence on the island was a primitive bridge constructed over the Careenage area's swamp at the centre of Bridgetown. It was suspected that this bridge was created by a people indigenous to the Caribbean known as the Arawak. Upon finding the structure the British settlers began to call what is now the Bridgetown area, Indian Bridge. It is widely believed that the Arawaks were driven from Barbados to the neighbouring island of Saint Lucia, during an invasion by another people indigenous to the region known as the Caribs. Eventually after 1654 when a new bridge was constructed over the Careenage by the British, the area became known as The Town of Saint Michael and later as Bridgetown, and the final name stuck. “West Indian” redirects here. ... The term Arawak (from aru, the Lokono word for cassava flour), was used to designate the Amerindians encountered by the Spanish in the Caribbean. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Events April 5 - Signing of the Treaty of Westminster, ending the First Anglo-Dutch War. ...


Bridgetown is the only city outside continental North America that George Washington visited. (George Washington House, the actual house where he stayed, is now part of the Garrison Historic Area) George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799)[1] led Americas Continental Army to victory over Britain in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), and in 1789 was elected the first President of the United States of America. ... The Garrison Historic Area is a small district located in the country of Barbados. ...


From 1800 until 1885 Bridgetown served as the main seat of Government for the former British colonies of the Windward Islands. During this period the resident Governor of Barbados also served as the Colonial head of the Windward Islands. After the Government of Barbados officially exited from the Windward Island union in 1885, the seat was moved from Bridgetown to St. George's on the neighbouring island of Grenada. The Windward Islands are the southern islands of the Lesser Antilles. ... This page contains a list of Governors-General of Barbados. ... List of Colonial Heads of the Windward Islands Comprising present-day the independent states of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. ... St. ...


Barbados has been governed by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) for the last thirteen years, commonly called the "Owen Arthur Administration". Prime Minister Owen S. Arthur was chosen from among leaders around the globe to deliver the William Wilberforce lecture on the 200th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade.


Amongst the breathtaking landscapes, and the fresh look of the city; Barbados attracts many investors from various fields. The current ICC Cricket Worldcup 2007 tournament has attracted thousands of visitors to the island and is continuing to be a very prosperous event. The final match is to play on Saturday April 28, 2007.


The city

Bridgetown Downtown
Bridgetown Downtown

In the centre lies the main street of Bridgetown which is Broad Street which runs directly through the centre of the city. Broad Street passes the Parliament Buildings and serves as the centre of city's shopping area. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x631, 651 KB) Summary Bridgetown, Barbados, selfmade photograph on Nov 10 2005 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Bridgetown ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x631, 651 KB) Summary Bridgetown, Barbados, selfmade photograph on Nov 10 2005 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Bridgetown ...


Another major traffic artery into the city is Bay Street (which turns into Highway 7) and leads toward the South Coast of Barbados and the Parish of Christ Church. There are also other notable streets in Bridgetown, including: Christ Church is a parish of Barbados at the southern end of the island. ...

  • Swan Street - which is parallel to Broad Street, to the north.
  • Roebuck Street - which leads towards Queens Park to the North, and East of Swan Street.

-and-

  • Tudor Street - which comes from the north, intersects Swan Street and runs perpendicular to Broad Street.
  • The Spring Garden Highway, which lies to the west of the city, plays host to over 85,000 bystanders and participants in the annual Grand Kadooment Carnival Parade.

Neighbourhoods

  • Belleville
  • Cat's Castle
  • Cheapside
  • Fontabelle
  • Garden Land
  • Pinelands
  • Strathclyde
  • Weymouth
  • Whitepark

Fontabelle is located in the parish of Saint Michael, Barbados. ...

Landmarks/points of interest

Parliament Building
Parliament Building
  • Parliament Buildings of Barbados
  • The Cathedral Church of Saint Michaels and All Angels
  • The St. Mary's Anglican Church
  • The St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral
  • The Jewish Synagogue
  • The Pelican Village and Craft Centre
  • Queen's Park
  • The Nelson Statue
Nelson Statue
Nelson Statue

Trafalgar Square (National Heroes Square) is located in the capital and principal commercial centre Bridgetown, on the island-nation of Barbados. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 703 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2272 × 1704 pixel, file size: 703 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 409 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1290 × 1890 pixel, file size: 361 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 409 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1290 × 1890 pixel, file size: 361 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Kensington Oval is located to the west of the capital-city Bridgetown on the island of Barbados. ... The 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup was a mens cricket tournament that took place in the West Indies from 13 March to 28 April 2007, using the sports one-day international format. ... The Garrison Historic Area is a small district located in the country of Barbados. ...

Attractions

  • Pierhead Development Complex

Harbour

The Bridgetown Port (or "Deep Water Harbour" as its also known) is the major port of entry for cruise and cargo ships docking in Barbados. The Deep Water Harbour lies a short distance across Carlisle Bay northwest of the Careenage Canal. Found along the Princess Alice Highway, and west of the city's centre around Fontabelle. The Deep Water Harbour (a. ... Fontabelle is located in the parish of Saint Michael, Barbados. ...


The Harbour port acts as one of the major shipping and transhipment hubs from international locations for the entire Eastern Caribbean. Recently the Bridgetown Port was dredged to allow safe access and berthing for the new league of "super cruise ships". The dredging project was completed in 2002 and the city can now host many of the largest cruise ships in the world. Transshipment is the shipment of goods to an intermediate destination, and then from there to yet another destination. ...


The port of Bridgetown also handles goods for the domestic needs of the island. The island's main exports of mainly agricultural products also make use of the harbour facilities.


Bridgetown also has a smaller canal in the centre of the city, named the Careenage, a.k.a. "Constitution River". The Constitution River should not be confused with the Deep Water Harbour. The smaller Constitution River feeding into the west coast lies about a half kilometer south of the large harbour. The Careenage is just large enough for pleasure craft or fishing boats and has two main bridges near the city center which span the shallow Careenage.


Society and culture

Bridgetown serves as a principal centre of commercial activity in Barbados, as well as a central hub for the island's public transport system. Many of the ministries and departments of the island's government are located within the Greater Bridgetown area. The Public Buildings or parliament, which stand at the heart of the city directly north of Heroes Square, house the third oldest continuous parliament in the British Commonwealth. Indeed, at one point in the city's early history, Bridgetown was the most important city of all British possessions in the New World due to the city's easterly location in the Caribbean region. The Government of Barbados contains a number of Ministries and Agencies which control and govern various aspects of the country, these are known in Barbados as Government Ministries. ... The Parliament of Barbados is composed of three elements: the Sovereign (currently Queen Elizabeth II, represented by Governor-General Sir Clifford Husbands), the Senate, and the House of Assembly. ... The British Empire in 1897, marked in pink, the traditional colour for Imperial British dominions on maps. ...


For a city of its size, the Greater Bridgetown area is home to several prestigious educational institutions. The city serves as the seat of one of the three campuses of the University of the West Indies in the northern suburb of Cave Hill. The campus sits on a bluff offering a spectacular view of Bridgetown and its port. The Barbados Community College is located three miles east of the Central Business District in a suburb known as "The Ivy", while the sprawling campus of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic is located just beyond the eastern limits of the city in a suburb known as "The Pine". In addition, the city houses such distinguished secondary schools as Harrison College, Combermere and The St.Michael School. The University of the West Indies, also known as UWI, is an autonomous regional institution supported by and serving 16 countries and territories in the Caribbean - Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. ... Cave Hill, St. ... Harrison College is an elite grammar school in Bridgetown, Barbados. ... Combermere School is and educational facility located in Waterford, St, Michael, Barbados. ...


The City of Bridgetown also played host to the 1994 United Nations Global Conference on Sustainable Development of Small Islands States. Bridgetown has branches of some of the largest banks in the world and English-speaking Caribbean and is internationally recognised as an emerging financial domicile. The city is currently experiencing a phenomenal spurt of redevelopment in preparation for the 2007 World Cricket Cup Finals to be held at the historic Kensington Oval. The Oval is being renovated to a state-of-the-art sports facility that will accommodate 30,000 spectators. Live viewership for the 2007 event is estimated to be in the region of two billion people. The 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup was a mens cricket tournament that took place in the West Indies from 13 March to 28 April 2007, using the sports one-day international format. ... The Kensington Oval is located to the west of the capital-city Bridgetown on the island of Barbados. ...


Utilities and local services

Today Bridgetown has the qualities of a fully modern and thriving city. There is access to many modern services including a piped water supply (said to be naturally among the purest in the world), electricity, natural gas supply, cutting-edge telecommunications, wireless services, internet cafes, and a good overall infrastructure. The city is also served by an impressive conference facility known as the Sherbourne Conference Centre. The Sherbourne Conference Centre is found in the Eastern Caribbean country of Barbados. ...

  • Electricity - Barbados Light and Power Company Ltd. (BL&P)
  • Natual Gas - National Petroleum Corporation
  • Water - Barbados Water Authority (BWA)

The Barbados Light & Power Company Limited (BL&P Co. ... Barbados Water Authority Limited is the sole water provider in Barbados. ... Cable & Wireless (West Indies) Ltd. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Digicel is the leading mobile phone network provider in the Caribbean region. ... Sunbeach Communications Inc. ... TeleBarbados Inc. ... Current logo of the Barbados-based Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation television station CBC TV 8. CBC-TV 8 is a television station owned and operated by public broadcaster Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation in the Caribbean country of Barbados. ... The service known as Multichoice TV is a wirelessly broadcated Cable television service in the country of Barbados. ... A standard DirecTV satellite dish with 1 LNB on a roof DirecTV (trademarked as DIRECTV) is a direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service based in El Segundo, California, USA, that transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America except for Mexico. ... This is a list of AM and FM radio stations in Barbados. ... The Media of Barbados have had a long history of being entitled to an open policy by the Government, and by the citizenry with respect to press Freedoms. ...

Economy

Main article: Economy of Barbados Since achieving independence in 1966, the island nation of Barbados has transformed itself from a low-income economy dependent upon sugar production to a middle-income economy based on tourism. ...


Barbados' main exports are Sugar, rum, and molasses. The island is also involved in other industries namely tourism and the offshore sector. Magnification of grains of sugar, showing their monoclinic hemihedral crystalline structure. ... Caribbean rum, circa 1941 Rum is a distilled beverage made from sugarcane by-products such as molasses and sugarcane juice by a process of fermentation and distillation. ... Molasses or treacle is a thick syrup by-product from the processing of the sugarcane or sugar beet into sugar. ...


Stock exchange

The City of Bridgetown also has a well regulated stock exchange with securities of Barbadian and regional Caribbean companies. The Barbados Stock Exchange or BSE is Barbados main stock exchange. ...


Business/specifics

Business: Banks are open 8am-3pm, Hours: Monday to Thursday, and 8am-5pm on Fridays.


The main banks are:

Automatic Teller Machines are available. FirstCaribbean International Bank (FCIB) is a Caribbean financial services company formed in 2001 as a joint venture merging the Caribbean operations of Barclays Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. ... FirstCaribbean International Bank (FCIB) is a Caribbean financial services company formed in 2001 as a joint venture merging the Caribbean operations of Barclays Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. ... Outdoor ATMs may be free-standing, like this kiosk, or built into the side of banks or other buildings An automatic teller machine, automated teller machine (ATM) or cash machine is an electronic device that allows a banks customers to make cash withdrawals and check their account balances without...


Shops are open:

  • 8am-6pm weekdays and
  • 8am-noon Saturdays.

Payment cards are widely accepted.


Electricity: 110 volts AC, 50 cycles. Most hotels have 220 AC.


Telecommunications: the international dialling code for Barbados is 1-246 followed by seven digits. On the island, use the seven digits alone. When on the island, to call anywhere in the United States or Canada simply dial 1+ (area code) + seven digit phone number.


Emergency Numbers: Police: 211 (emergency only) Fire: 311 Ambulance: 511 Coast Guard and Defense Force: (246) 427-8819


Time: GMT-4


Transportation

Main article: Transportation in Barbados Railways: 0 km Highways: total: 1,600 km paved: 1,578 km unpaved: 22 km (1998 est. ...


The city has access to daily flights via the island's Airport the Sir Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) located on the ABC Highway/Highway 7 in Seawell, Christ Church. The city of Bridgetown and New York City in the United States, were the only cities in the western hemisphere to be served by regularly scheduled British Airways Concorde flights. Additionally, the GAIA has been chosen as one of only four global display sites for the retired supersonic aircraft. The Airport is currently in the final stages of an expansion project, which will also include the construction of an aviation museum to house the retired Concorde aircraft. The Sir Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA), (IATA: BGI, ICAO: TBPB) in Seawell, Christ Church on the island of Barbados in the Eastern Caribbean. ... Christ Church is a parish of Barbados at the southern end of the island. ... The geographical western hemisphere of Earth, highlighted in yellow. ... British Airways Concorde G-BOAB. Concorde G-BOAD on a barge beneath Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York City in November 2003, bound for the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum. ...


All seven of Barbados's primary Highways begin close to the City of Bridgetown, in the Parish of Saint Michael. They all fan out to the north, south and east to other parts of the island. Driving is done of the left-hand side of the road with a speed limit of 60 km/h (around 38 miles per hour) in built-up areas. The speed limit on the ABC Highway is generally 80 km/h (50 mph) except in built-up areas. The parish of Saint Michael is home to Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados. ...


Public buses

Public buses that head northward to destinations such as Holetown and Speightstown, and to some locations in St. Michael including the University of the West Indies - (Cave Hill Campus), leave from the Princess Alice Bus Terminal which lies to the west of the city centre. Buses for points east and south leave from the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal, which is on the eastern edge of the city centre, near to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH). One of the larger cities of Barbados, along with Holetown and the capital Bridgetown. ... The University of the West Indies, also known as UWI, is an autonomous regional institution supported by and serving 16 countries and territories in the Caribbean - Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. ... The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Q.E.H. is located in Barbados capital city Bridgetown, which is located in the parish of Saint Michael. ...


Route taxis

Route taxis are privately owned mini vans that are a cross between taxis and buses. They follow certain routes around the island but there are no official stops as such. You can easily flag one of these down and for a low fare they'll take you pretty much anywhere.


Re-development

  • In 2004 the capital of Bridgetown celebrated its 375th Anniversary of Establishment, and did so with a year long calendar of events and twinning agreements with a town in Canada, and new city in the United States.

Sister cities

Bridgetown is a sister city with some of the following cities: This article is about partnerships between towns distant from each other; see Twin cities for the different concept of physically neighbouring cities. ...

Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada. ... Bridgetown is a town on the Annapolis River in Nova Scotia, Canada. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The London Borough of Hackney is a London Borough in the east end of London and part of inner London. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Wilmington is a city in New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States. ... is the 179th day of the year (180th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

See also

This is a list of shops and malls in Bridgetown, Barbados: The Pelican Craft Centre Cave Shepherd Colombian Emeralds Little Switzerland Diamonds International S.Y.Adams and Sons Harrisons Da Costas Mall Brydens BERRYS -246-425-2310- Hot Fashion Tri Mart Cafe Blue Wild Pair Shoe Store The Bionic... Population: 274,540 (July 2000 est. ... Railways: 0 km Highways: total: 1,600 km paved: 1,578 km unpaved: 22 km (1998 est. ... This is a list of some cities and towns in Barbados. ... Barbados which is located in the Caribbean, is divided into eleven parts or sections that are called Parishes. ...

Images

View from National Heroes Square, Bridgetown, Barbados, April 2007.jpg
View from National Heroes Square, Bridgetown, Barbados, April 2007.jpg

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External links

Facilities

Maps of Bridgetown 13.0947° N -59.6175° E

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See also MapQuest zoom levels 8, 9, and 10.


You can find a detailed map of Bridgetown at Caribbean-On-Line.com


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Bridgetown - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1599 words)
The City of Bridgetown, population 5,928 (1990) metropolitan area 110,000 (2000), formerly the Town of Saint Michael, is the Capital city of the island nation of Barbados.
Bridgetown is a major West Indies tourist destination, and the city acts as an important financial, informatics and convention centre in the Caribbean region.
Bridgetown serves as the principal centre of commercial activity in Barbados, as well as a central hub for the island's public transport system.
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