From the Preface:
Most travelers want to know something about the history of the places they visit. This booklet aims to tell them a little about the history of Barbados. If I seem to have devoted a disproportionate amount of space to the background to English settlement in the West Indies, it is because I believe the reader will find it interesting. On the other hand, I make no excuse for having said so little of the important developments of the last thirty years. The visitor will find plenty of Barbadians ready to discuss these, and he must form his own judgment after listening to accounts which will inevitably differ widely in interpretation and emphasis.