Doing History in Barbados (part 5)

This post was written by Louise Dunn, a student on Will Pettigrew’s undergraduate excursion to Barbados. 


A few students traveled to Bridgetown to the University of West Indies campus. From there they took part in the ‘From Bussa to Independence: Bussa Rebellion Heritage tour’. This tour consisted of visiting various plantation’s’ that were involved in the Bussa Rebellion, which took place in 1816. The tour started in the university itself as the campus was once a planation. There was a monument dedicated to the slaves that were on the plantation when it was dissolved. All the names of the slaves, age, race and place of birth are shown in the monument. After this, 5 coaches departed to the Barbados Museum and Historical Society to view a special exhibition, which displayed some of the artifacts found in a nearby slave village. We then headed to the St. Phillip region with our next stop being a plantation, which was now owned privately, and a talk was given on the flag used by the Bussa Rebels. Next, we headed to a nearby police station, which was used as a watchtower during the rebellion. From here we could see all over St. Phillip but unfortunately could not take any photos. The bus then took us to a local park which we were given lunch before heading to our final plantation in which a celebration was taking place to commemorate Barbados independence of 50 years. Unfortunately we didn’t attend but we did catch a glimpse of the Prime Ministers Car!


Whilst some students attended the tour others spent the day souvenir shopping in historic Bridgetown. We visited Swan Street and Broad Street two popular shopping destinations. On our visit to Sunbury Plantation House we saw early twentieth century pictures of the streets, allowing us to see how they have changed as the nation has developed. Once, we had finished buying our novelty items we took to Browns Beach a very popular beach with both locals and tourists. Located directly across from the Prime Ministers office-we all wondered how he had managed to get any work done with such an amazing beach near by. With most of the historic sites covered, we spent the day relaxing in the sun on the white sand and the clear blue water. On our visit to the museum on Tuesday we was told about the ruins of an old fort at the south end of Carlisle Bay. Some of us hired out jet skis to check out the ruins and a number of other shipwrecks located just off the coast. Once we had finished soaking up the sun we reunited with the other members of our group to have our final dinner in Barbados at the world famous Crane resort. Located on what was voted as the best Caribbean beach, the hotel that was opened in 1887 which was a wonderful last night on the island.




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