Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of Barbados
Nearly all of Barbados's population is of
African descent, most of whose ancestors arrived with the slave trade. Since
the people today are primarily descended from slaves, the ethnicity of each person
varies greatly. The origin of these slaves is likely West Africa, but specifics
are lacking; most people believe the majority of slaves to Barbados came from the
modern countries of Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, and Benin. The rest of the people in Barbados
today tend to be ethnically European, Indian, or a combination of ethnicities.
English is the only real language of communication in Barbados
as nearly everyone is a native speaker and it is the language of choice in schools.
However, the accent in Barbados is quite different from most large English speaking
countries and more closely resembles the accent in nearby Caribbean countries.