January 21, 2012 - Errol Barrow Day – Barbados

He helped to lead his nation to independence from the United Kingdom in 1966, and he made changes to Barbados such as providing free education to all children, providing school meals to the needy, and other progressive reforms. Errol Barrow became a hero who is pictured on paper money, and his birthday is celebrated every January 21st.

Do you know where Barbados is? It is an island country in the Caribbean Sea. It's only a teeny little island, only about a third of the size of the city of Los Angeles in land area. It's one of the big tourist destinations in the Caribbean!

Here's why (according to the Barbados tourism council, that is!)

If you were visiting Barbados right now, you would be enjoying balmy temperatures that range from 75 degrees F at night to 80 in the day (although there would likely be clouds and rain showers, too). Maybe you would go on a submarine ride, or into Harrison's Cave. Or maybe you will get to go diving and see shipwrecks off the coast,  or you could take a pirate cruise

Speaking of pirates, there were real pirates of the Caribbean, of course, and here are the true stories of two of them. 

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