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The country profiles are intended to provide some background and context for the descriptions of the churches. These profiles should be read in conjunction with those of the churches in the country.

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Surface area:430 km2
GNI per capita:9741 US$



Christian: 97.00%

Baha'i: 1.00%

Muslim: 1.00%

Other: 1.00%


Protestants: 95994

Anglicans: 85200

Pentecostals: 39416

Independent: 14370

Catholics: 10450

Orthodox: 350

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Barbados grew in the heart of the slave trade in its earliest years.  When slave codes were increased and indentured white servants were given higher roles than black slaves, white people were held less in favour than black people.  This was due to the lower treatment the slaveholders could bestow upon the latter.  After this, Barbados slowly became an island of primarily black people as white people moved to different islands.  After becoming the world's leading sugar exporter, Barbados imported slaves from West Africa to tend to the plantations that were driving its economy.  While the British abolished slavery in 1807, it continued on the island until 1817 when over 20000 slaves rebelled on over 70 plantations.  Full emancipation was given in 1834.  The island became independent from the British empire in 1966.  Due to their long-standing history with England, the island is primarily Anglican. 


(source:  Wikipedia)


Ecumenical Organizations and Councils

WCC member churches based in Barbados

    WCC member churches present in Barbados

    Note: The list of churches present in countries is still in development.

    Last updated: 01/01/06