Barbados–Spain relations

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Barbados–Spain relations
Map indicating locations of Barbados and Spain



Barbados–Spain relations are the bilateral and diplomatic relations between these two countries. Barbados does not have embassy in Spain, but his embassy in Brussels is accredited to Spain.[1] Spain does not have a resident embassy in Barbados, but the Spanish embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago is accredited for this country, in addition Spain has an Consulate Honorary in Bridgetown .[2]

Historical relationships[edit]

Spanish map of the "island of Barbado" of 1632.

Before Campos 'observations in 1536 and 1550, official chroniclers of the West Indies claim that the Colombian expeditions explored these insular areas early and that these or their derived expeditions already included the set of Caribbean islands.' '(major and minor)' to the crown of Spain before the corsair expeditions. In the period of time from 1536 to 1662 it was also occupied by the Portuguese, and was disputed by the English since 1620.

  • England did not have legitimacy or authorization in the "right of people" of the time or Treaty of Tordesillas to populate or dispose of sovereignty in America, although the island, with large and deep caves, was a refuge for pirates and privateers.

The Spanish chroniclers provide little historical news of the aboriginal inhabitants of some of these islands, except for mention that some were populated by Indians that the rapporteurs generically nominated `` Caribs , whose culture was man-eating and also populated in these `` archipelagos ( 16th-century Spanish seafaring voice) , this being often the main reason for the depopulation of Spaniards after giving up populating for different incidents with these or with corsair s. The island appears in old cartographic maps spread in Europe nominated as `` Barbudos Island including these areas with the generic name `` caníbales insulae :

  • Trinity Island, Tobago, Grenada, Granadillos, Bequia, San Vicente, Saint Lucia, Martinino, Dominica, Marigalante, Santos, Guadalupe, Deseada, Antigua, Monserrate, Barbada, Barbudos and many others.

Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas also mentions the island (1516–1519) saying:

... and that the Indians who had been brought from the island of the Barbudos, i Gigantes were in Hispaniola, in the same way as the natives, and with the same treatment: I would favor all those who try to make campuses, mills of sugar, silk and other grangerias, so that the island was populated, and that all the neighbors were relieved, as soon as it could, and I tried that the debtors were expected of their creditors without pressing them too much. (...)

Diplomatic relations[edit]

The Embassy resident in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) is accredited before the Barbadian Authorities. Ambassador Javier María Carbajosa Sánchez presented his Credentials to the Governor General of Barbados in September 2017.[3]


Until the summer of 2012 a reader of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) worked at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Barbados, teaching Spanish and organizing a program for the exchange of Barbadian and Spanish students. As of 2015, this Spanish lecture will be launched again with the University of Barbados.[4]


  1. ^ [1] Travel recommendation for Barbados. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
  2. ^ Ficha de Barbados Office of Diplomatic Information. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Section: Data of the Spanish representation.
  3. ^ Ficha de Barbados Office of Diplomatic Information. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Section: Diplomatic relations.
  4. ^ Ficha de Barbados Office of Diplomatic Information. Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Section: Economic relations.