Westward Ho! - Charles Kingsley - Engraving

How they came to Barbados and found no men therein…

Amyas Preston was an English privateer of the Elizabethan period. Preston came from Cricket, St Thomas in Somerset.   He took part in many wars and battles in support of England. Among these were the Preston Somers Expedition in 1595. The Preston–Somers expedition was a series of military actions that took place from late May till …

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Lump of Manjak - Barbados

Manjak

The origins of Barbados and the Petroleum deposits we see in the Scotland area began about 50 million years ago and approximately 4 km below the sea level.  The rivers of South America were depositing layers of gravel, sand and organic material across the ocean floor.  The sea was populated with small marine organisms and …

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Lime Kiln - Ragged Point

Arthur Hutchinson’s abandoned Lime Kiln at Ragged Point, Barbados

To extract sugar from sugar cane Calcium Oxide (CaO) has to be added to the juice. This allows the impurities to precipitate and be removed from the juice. This is done in large settling tanks after the juice is heated. The residue, called mud, is filtered out and used to fertilise the cane fields. This lime, …

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Bottom Bay Barbados

Scientific Studies of Coral Rock in Barbados

While researching the article on the Inverted Boulder at Bottom Bay I remembered that a test hole was drilled on the cliff overlooking Bottom Bay Beach. Hans Machel told me that John Humphrey was involved in that project. I contacted John and he kindly supplied the following information. Hi William, I believe we drilled that …

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Bottom-up boulder - Bottom Bay Barbados

The bottom-up boulder between Bottom Bay and Harry Smith Beach, Barbados

I am not a geologist nor do I have training in any related field. This article is based on my own observations and reading. The land between Ragged Point and the Airport from the coast stretching inland between 500 meters and 1Km is flat coral rock with very little soil covering it. Before humans arrived it …

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Fountain Square Barbados

Ben’s Spring

Ben’s Spring is one of the fresh water springs that flow from the base of the upper coral rock terrace that make up the centre of the island. These coral rocks were the first to rise above the sea 1 to 2 million years ago. In 1860 the Barbados Government decided that it was time …

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