Number Of The Day: 1536

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The island of Barbados is named after a tree. When Portuguese explorers first discovered the island in 1536 the Bearded Fig Tree was found all over the island. In Portuguese, Los Barbados means “The Bearded One.”

Cadets exploring this island of Barbados will find the Bearded Fig Tree growing wild just about everywhere they go, especially near old abandoned buildings.

Here is a link to a video clip explaining how Barbados got its name.

bearded fig trees

The Bearded Fig Tree is also found on the country’s coat of arms.

barbados coat of arms