Having researched a few Caribbean Islands since we began Tastily Touring we’ve discovered that the Arawak Indians had been the original inhabitants of many Caribbean Islands. Around 1200 the Caribs, coming from Venezuela, conquered the Arawak population on the island of Barbados.

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By the 1500’s the island of Barbados will be uninhabited because of frequent slave trading raids led by the Spanish. The Caribs were either taken as slaves or fled to other islands. The island of Barbados is the most easterly of the Caribbean Island chain, northeast of Venezuela. Barbados gets its name from the Portuguese as they sailed to Brazil.

Los Barbados, or bearded ones, was selected by the Portuguese explorer Pedro a Campos. The island had many fig trees, which had a beard like appearance.

Regardless of the frequent visits by the Spanish, Barbados was first settled by the British in 1627. On May fourteenth 1625 Captain John Powell landed on Barbados and claimed the uninhabited island for England. 2 years later, on Feb seventeenth 1627, his brother Captain Henry Powell landed with a party of 80 settlers and 10 slaves. The group established the island’s first European settlement, Jamestown.

The British settlers relied on cash crops such as cotton, then tobacco and finally sugar, being the most profitable under the large plantation/slave labor model.

The slaves worked the sugar plantations until slavery was abolished in 1834. Barbados remained a English colony until it was granted autonomy in 1961 and full independence in 1966 while looking at Barbados culture, there are two very unique influences, one is English and the other cultural influence is African from the days of the slave trade. The African influence is demonstrated in the music, dance and food of the island.

The British influence is seen in the many churches, architecture, sports and food of the island. The recipe we chose to represent Barbados is salted cod fish cakes. Salted cod has been eaten for centuries in the Caribbean.

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Throughout the period of slavery salted fish became a part of the slave’s diet. Today, salted cod fish is no longer inexpensive or easily available. It remains an integral part of Bajan cuisine and salted cod fish cakes are readily available. Salted Cod Fish Cakes Ingredients 2 tablespoon oil 1 cup onions, perfectly chopped 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon baking powder Salt to your taste 1 egg lightly beaten cup milk 1 tablespoon butter, melted 2 tablespoon shallots lb, salted cod fish, cooked and flakes 1 large fresh hot pepper like a jalapeno Directions 1.

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