The currency is the Barbados dollar, which is linked to the United States dollar.Excellent public and private bus and taxi services take advantage of nearly 1,205 miles (1,650 kilometers) of roads and make it possible to move relatively cheaply around the island.By the year 2050, the proportion of the population age sixty-five and over will range between 25 and 33 percent of the total population. Barbadians speak a dialect of English with tonal qualities that reflect the West African heritage of the vast majority of its population.Barbadians also speak an English-West African pidgin called Bajan. Barbados was colonized by the English early in the seventeenth century.The year 1960 brought a structural change in the economy marked by a decline in sugar production and the growth of industrial manufacturing and tourism.
Jug, or jug jug, a dish consisting of pigeon, peas, stew and salt beef, onions, Guinea corn flour, and spices, is served with Christmas dishes such as boiled ham and roasted pork. The economy is fueled by the skills of a diverse population that is one of the world's most educated, with a literacy rate close to 100 percent.Subsequent investigations of living conditions established the grounds for fundamental political change.The vote, which until the late nineteenth century had been restricted to propertied white males, was made universal in 1943.In 1651, Barbados won a measure of independence, and established what was to become the oldest continuing parliamentary democracy in the world outside England.This autonomy encouraged planters to remain on the island rather than returning to Europe when they made their fortunes. When West Indian sugar plantations disappeared elsewhere in the 1800s, Barbadian plantations remained productive.
In the early twentieth century, the creation of a merchant-planter oligopoly ended the improvement in living standards that occurred in the nineteenth century.