This Month in History: February

February 17th 1627

The ship William and John arrived in Barbados at St. James Town with 60 settlers and 6 enslaved Africans. This was the beginning of formal colonization of the island.

February 25th 1627

Charles I (the former King of England) gave Courten by Royal Letters Patent the proprietary ownership and title to various lands in the Southern Americas. Courten saw this as applicable to Barbados and thus made a claim of the Island.

February 16th 1651

Inhabitants of the island declared their independence from the Commonwealth of England


Due to the international recession of 1990 – 1991, the fiscal deficit in Barbados had become unsustainable. Therefore in February of 1992, the government instituted a stabilization program in fiscal policies with the help of the IMF


A sea border disagreement flared between Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago after fishermen from the former island were arrested for finishing in the latter’s water. Barbados took the case to a UN-backed tribunal.

February 9th 2008

Sir Elliott Fitzroy Belgrave appointed as acting Governor-General


The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Princess Sophie visited the island for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

February 21st 2013

The Democratic Labour Party (DLP) won 16 of the 30 seats of this year’s election. Freundel Stuart became Prime Minister