Monday, November 15, 2010

Bridgetown, Barbados

Vessels wait their turn on a busy day at the Careenage, Bridgetown, Barbados, W.I. (West Indies)

This is postmarked with Barbados 45c 'flower' stamp in 1978.

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The city of Bridgetown, metropolitan pop 96,578 (2006), is the capital and largest city of the nation of Barbados.

The present day location of the city was established by the British in 1628 following their settlement at James Town. Bridgetown is a major West Indies tourist destination, and the city acts as an important financial, and convention center in the Caribbean region.

Bridgetown also has a small canal in the centre of the city, named the Careenage, a.k.a. "Constitution River". The Careenage is just large enough for pleasure craft or fishing boats and has two main bridges near the city center which span the shallow Careenage.

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