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Barbados-United States relations
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The United States and Barbados have had friendly bilateral relations since Barbados' independence in 1966. The United States has supported the government's efforts to expand the country's economic base and to provide a higher standard of living for its citizens. Barbados is a beneficiary of the U.S. Caribbean Basin Initiative. U.S. assistance is channeled primarily through multilateral agencies such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, as well as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) office in Bridgetown.

In the early 1600s Barbadians began large scale migration from Barbados to the areas of North and South Carolina becoming among some of the first resident settlers in those states.[1]

In 1751, George Washington visited Barbados as a young man, making what is believed to have been his only trip abroad. The U.S. Government has been represented on Barbados since 1823. From 1956 to 1978, the United States operated a naval facility in Barbados.

In May 1997, Barbadian Prime Minister Owen Arthur hosted U.S. President Bill Clinton and 14 other Caribbean leaders during the first-ever U.S.-regional summit in Bridgetown, Barbados. The summit strengthened the basis for regional cooperation on justice and counter narcotics issues, finance and development, and trade.

Barbados receives counter-narcotics assistance and is eligible to benefit from the U.S. military's exercise-related and humanitarian assistance construction program.

United States Embassy in Wildey, Saint Michael, Barbados.

Barbados and U.S. authorities cooperate closely in the fight against narcotics trafficking and other forms of transnational crime. In 1996, the United States and Barbados signed a mutual legal assistance treaty (MLAT) and an updated extradition treaty covering all common offenses, including conspiracy and organized crime. A maritime law enforcement agreement was signed in 1997.

A popular tourist destination, Barbados had around 570,000 tourists in 2006, mainly cruise ship visitors. The majority of tourists are from the United Kingdom, Germany, the Caribbean, and the United States. An estimated 3,000 Americans reside in the country.


Principal U.S. officials

  • Ambassador--Mary M. Ourisman
  • Deputy Chief of Mission--Brent Hardt
  • Political/Economic Counselor--Ian Campbell
  • Consul General--Clyde Howard Jr.
  • Regional Labor Attaché--Jake Aller
  • Commercial Affairs--Jake Aller
  • Public Affairs Officer--John Roberts
  • Peace Corps Director--Kate Raftery

Diplomatic missions

See also



PD-icon.svg This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Department of State (Background Notes).[1]

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