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Speightstown Alive! The Carolina’s Link
February 15 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
In August 1669, three ships – Albemarle, Port Royal and Carolina – set out from England with Carolina as their destination. It was the intention of the British to make their third attempt to colonize the Carolinas. After a brief stop in Ireland, the fleet began a forty-day voyage to Barbados where the Albemarle was lost in a storm. It was replaced with a locally made sloop called The Three Brothers.
After five months in port to take on supplies and Barbadian settlers the expedition set sail on February 26, 1670, along a circuitous route to Carolina. The ships left Speightstown with two hundred Barbadians to be colonized. Speightstown then, was the leading port in Barbados for the trade of sugar and other commodities after settlement in the 1630s. Speightstown is a vital part of the history of our country and that of Charleston (Charles Towne) in South Carolina.
The historic link leads to the present attempts to establish sister-city connection. In the Carolinas, several aspects of Barbadian culture can be found including the distinct accent of our people. As for Speightstown, though yesteryear’s hive of activity no longer exists, it is still considered the commercial area of choice for those citizens who reside in the north of the island.
As a result, the concept Speightstown Alive – The Carolinas Link for February 15th, 2020 was born. The initiative is a grand market and street party, the general aim of which is to bring Speightstown alive with multiple overlapping activities that will showcase the rich heritage of St. Peter and encourage a wide cross section of Barbadians to spend the entire day in the North.
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