Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles. It is 166 sq mi. It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea;
In 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. Barbados is one of the Caribbean's leading tourist destinations and is the most developed island in the region.
Barbados is divided into 11 parishes, where the ABC highway is the main route running through the island joining the island from one end to the other.
Our National dish is Cou-Cou and Flying Fish. Our National flower is the Pride of Barbados.
The Barbados national flag is made up of three equal vertical bands - two outer ultramarine bands and a middle gold band.
The ultramarine bands represent the sky and sea of Barbados while the gold middle band represents the sand of our beaches. The black trident in the centre of the gold band is the Trident of the Mythical Sea God "Neptune". Its broken shaft indicates Barbados' independence and separation from Britain in 1966.
The Barbados Coat of Arms was presented by Her Majesty the Queen in 1966.
The golden shield carries two Pride of Barbados flowers. This is the national flower of Barbados. The shield also bears the Bearded Fig Tree which Barbados was named after. These trees can be found throughout the island.
The shield is held by a dolphin, symbolic of the fishing industry, and a pelican, associated with Pelican Island, a small island which existed off the coast of Barbados.
A helmet and mantling are located just above the shield and a hand holding two crossed pieces of sugar cane, symbolic of the Barbados sugar industry.
The saltire cross formed by the cane represents the cross on which St.Andrew was crucified and independence day is celebrated on Saint Andrews Day (November 30th).
The Coat of Arms bears the motto "Pride and Industry."