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Encyclopedia > Pelican Island

Pelican Island was a small uninhabited island that once existed off the west coast of Bridgetown, population 5,928 (1990), formerly the Town of Saint Michael, is the capital city lies in the Caribbean island nation of Barbados. Bridgetown is located in the Parish of Saint Michael. The site of the present day city was founded by the British in 1628. Its location is on... Bridgetown and Fontabelle, in St. Michael, Barbados, or as known by the British Little England, is an Independent island nation situated on the boundary of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The island is 430 km² (166 sq. mi.), and is primarily low, with some hills in the islands interior. Its location is... Barbados. According to historical record, the island received its name from brown Species Pelecanus occidentalis Pelecanus thagus Pelecanus erythrorhynchos Pelecanus onocrotalis Pelecanus crispus Pelecanus rufescens Pelecanus philippensis Pelecanus conspicillatus A pelican is any of several very large water birds with a distinctive pouch under the beak belonging to the bird family Pelecanidae. Along with the darters, cormorants, gannets, boobies, frigatebirds, and tropicbirds... pelicans that would nest there.


To get there: One could have used one of the pair of nearby boat jetties along the Barbados shoreline, or during low-tide it was believed to have been possible to wade-out to the island as well.


The island held a quarantine facility specifically for crew and passengers from ships that were sick so as to not spread communicable / infectious diseases to the mainland. There was housing facilities for patients, a morgue, a caretakers quarters and a laundry area- equiped with a cauldron for boiling clothes for sterilisation.


Around the 1950's-1960's the Central America and the Caribbean The Caribbean Sea is a body of water adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, south of the Gulf of Mexico. It is bounded on the south by Venezuela, Colombia, and Panama, to the west by Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and the Yucatan peninsula of... Caribbean Sea between the island and Barbados, or as known by the British Little England, is an Independent island nation situated on the boundary of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The island is 430 km² (166 sq. mi.), and is primarily low, with some hills in the islands interior. Its location is... Barbados have since been reclaimed and filled-in, the Pelican Island has now become incorporated into the mainland in the Bridgetown Deep Water Harbour complex.


There is now a tourist attraction in the area, at the port called The Pelican Village("Pelican Crafts Centre") as a tribute to the separate island that once existed there.


See Also

  • Barbados, or as known by the British Little England, is an Independent island nation situated on the boundary of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The island is 430 km² (166 sq. mi.), and is primarily low, with some hills in the islands interior. Its location is... Barbados
  • Culpepper Island

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