Barbados: The Future Remains Bright

When Henry Powell landed in Barbados near Holetown in February of 1627, Barbados had already been known to the western world for over a century, and to South America for many hundreds of years. However, it is only from the seventeenth century that written information on the structure of the island was popularly presented. In 1647, Richard Ligon published his now iconic True and Exact History of the Island of Barbados, but it complemented works by Sir Henry Colt in 1631 and Thomas Vermey in 1638. As a cartographers' dream, Barbados was well served with a wide variety of maps during this early period and beyond.

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