Barbados will be a republic – severing imperial ties with the United Kingdom

  • Barbados severed all colonial relations with Queen Elizabeth 400 years after the first English ship arrived on the island and 55 years after declaring its independence.
  • This is the first time the Queen’s Territory has been removed from the head of state in nearly 30 years.
  • Barbados has applied to remove Elizabeth II, Queen of Barbados and 15 other territories, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Jamaica

Next week, the former British colony of Barbados will bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth’s head of state. It would cut its last imperial ties with the United Kingdom almost 400 years after the first English ship reached the Caribbean island.

Barbados has applied for the removal of Queen Elizabeth II – Queen of Barbados and 15 other territories, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Jamaica. This is a sign of trust and a way to finally end the demons of your colonial history.

“This is the end of the history of colonial exploitation of mind and body,” said Sir Hilary Pickles, a professor and historian in Barbados, emphasizing that it is a historic moment for Barbados, the Caribbean and all post-colonial societies.

“The people of this island fought, not only for freedom and justice, but for a break away from the tyranny of imperial and colonial power,” said Pickles, vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies.

Barbados cut all ties with Queen Elizabeth, 55 years after declaring independence

The birth of the Republic, 55 years after Barbados declared its independence, finally ended almost all the colonial ties that had linked the tiny island of the Lesser Antilles with England since it was claimed by an English ship of King James I in 1625.

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It might also herald a broader attempt by other former colonies to sever ties with the British monarchy as they prepare for the end of Elizabeth’s nearly 70-year rule and the future arrival of Charles, who will attend Republican celebrations in Bridgetown.

This is the first time the Queen’s Territory has been removed from the head of state in nearly 30 years: Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, has declared itself a republic but has remained in the Commonwealth, a federation that includes most of the former British colonies as its home. to 2.5 billion people.

Buckingham Palace indicated that it was about the people of Barbados.

With information from Reuters

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