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The downside of Britain that still colonizes 14 territories after Barbados just pulled out


Do you know that with the loud slogan of freedom at the United Nations, the European Union and others chorused everyday, there were still 15 colonial territories in the world ruled by the United Kingdom with the English Monarchy at its leader until today when Barbados pulled out.

That is so true and brought to the knowledge of many after Barbados, one of them declared itself a republic and off the dictates of the queen on November 30.

When Great Britain was formed in 1707 from the amalgamation of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland, the colonial territories of each were inherited by the new union.

When later the Great Britain merged with the Kingdom of Ireland in 1801 to create the United Kingdom, the same colonial inheritance continued to the new union.

Today, 14 former colonies, since 2002 known as British Overseas Territories remain under British rule.

“The term “colonies” is no longer officially used to describe these.

Almost all of the British Overseas Territories are islands or groups of islands with a small population; some are in very remote areas of the world. Of the territories with a permanent population, all have at least some degree of internal self-government, with the United Kingdom retaining responsibility for defence and external relations,” according to a Wikipedia source. 

The fourteen British Overseas Territories are:


·   Bermuda

·   British Antarctic Territory

·   British Indian Ocean Territory

·   British Virgin Islands

·   Cayman Islands

·   Falkland Islands

·   Gibraltar

·   Montserrat

·   Pitcairn Islands

·   Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha 

·   South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

·   Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia

·   Turks and Caicos Islands

All of them together with the UK are known as the Commonwealth Realms.

At the state event marking the exit of Barbados at Bridgetown, the capital city, Prince Charles represented his mother, the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

In his speech at the event, Charles remarked that: “I am so deeply touched that you should have invited me to return to Barbados and to join you on behalf of the Queen at this moment of such significance for your remarkable nation. The creation of this Republic offers a new beginning but it also marks a point on a continuum. A milestone on the long road you have not travelled, but which you have built from the darkest days of our past and the appalling atrocity of slavery which forever stains our history.”


According to Wikipedia, Barbados, located some 13 degrees north of the equator on the north Atlantic, is populated mainly by Africans who force migrated there through the evil of slavery, which Prince Charles on the Barbados day of pulling off the shackles of the predator described as an atrocity that forever stains their history.

“On 30 November 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm with Elizabeth II as Queen of Barbados. In October 2021, Dame Sandra Mason was elected by Parliament to become the first President of Barbados. On 30 November 2021, Mason replaced Queen Elizabeth as head of state, with Barbados transitioning to a republic.

The Prime Minister is Dame Mia Amor Mottley and has been since 2018.

Barbados’ population of 287,371 in 2020 according to the World Bank, is predominantly of African descent. While it is an Atlantic island, Barbados is closely associated with the Caribbean and is ranked as one of its leading tourist destinations.”


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