he pear - shaped island of Barbados lies in the easternmost part of the Caribbean. Its western coast borders the warm Caribbean Sea, but its eastern coast face the Atlantic Ocean and has a cooler climate with refreshing sea breezes. This low -lying island is mostly flat. It is covered with coral and ringed by pink coral reefs. Barbados was uninhabited when the first British settlers arrived in 1627. It remained a British colony until independence in 1966. Today, Barbadians, or Bajans as they are known, enjoy a higher standard of living than most of their Caribbean neighbors.
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