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Barbados Becomes an Independent Republic

The Caribbean island of Barbados has declared independence from England, which had ruled the island for more than 300 years. Barbadians marked the end of British rule with a ceremony attended by the Crown Prince of England, and with joyful celebrations in the streets. To begin self-rule, the people of Barbados elected their first president and prime minister, both well respected women. Listen to learn about the birth of an independent Barbados and why its citizens feel hopeful for the future.


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