Historic Bridgetown & Barbados Garrison, Barbados

Historic Bridgetown & Barbados Garrison The HISTORIC BRIDGETOWN & ITS GARRISON in Barbados was chosen as a World Heritage Property by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

The UNESCO World Heritage List features some the greatest wonders found anywhere in the world.

Because of Barbados’ commitment to preserving its rich heritage as a legacy to be passed on to future generations, the Historic Bridgetown and Its Garrison were considered one of the places on earth with Outstanding Universal Value to humanity that should be shared with the world. As such, it was inscribed on the World Heritage List to protect its beauty and historical significance.

 “Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison" was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List on June 25th 2011.

June 13th 2012 was the Official Inscription Ceremony commemorating Historic Bridgetown and the Historic Garrison as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

UNESCO described Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison as “an outstanding example of British colonial architecture consisting of a well-preserved old town built in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, which testifies to the spread of Great Britain’s Atlantic colonial empire”.

This historical area includes a military garrison with many historic buildings. The serpentine urban lay out testifies to a different approach to colonial town planning, compared to the Spanish and Dutch colonial cities of the region which were built along a grid plan.

Since European settlement 400 years ago, Bridgetown became a major port for the shipment of goods and people, like sugar and slaves.

Historic Bridgetown & Barbados GarrisonHistoric Bridgetown Area
In Bridgetown, you can see the influences of the early English settlers through the settlement patterns and early 17th century street layout. This medieval type influence supported the transformation of creolized forms of tropical architecture built by African labour in a European style.

As the first port of call for ships making the trans-Atlantic crossing, Barbados’ geographical location created a strategic military advantage. This location protected the British trade interests against the Spanish, French and Dutch, while also defending Britain’s imperial power in the region.
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The Bridgetown port area was fortified from the town to the Garrison, with forts lining the Bay Street coastline, circling the Carlisle Bay.

Historic Bridgetown & Barbados GarrisonHistoric Garrison Area
After 1650, a military government evolved in the Historic Bridgetown’s Garrison, creating one of the most fortified and functional British colonial garrisons in the Atlantic World.
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Not only did Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison participate in the international trade of goods and people, but was also instrumental in conveying ideas and culture in the colonial Atlantic World.

By the 17th century, trade relations were established with England, North America, Africa and the colonial Caribbean, making the port a cosmopolitan centre of commerce, settlement and exploitation. 

Bridgetown and the Garrison Historical Area is Barbados’ first World Heritage Property.

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