President George Washington and Barbados?
Yes, the first President of the United States visited Barbados! It was the only time President Washington ever left colonial America. And it was Barbados he chose to visit!
The home in which he visited is a World Heritage Tour. Guests can stay in a luxury villa by CaribbeanDays and take this tour!
In 1751, George Washington sailed with his brother, Lawrence Washington. It was in hope that the climate in Barbados would help with Lawrence Washington’s ailing condition. Lawrence had tuberculosis. Barbados’s climite had a reputation of producing a spa type of effect and was recommended by doctors for patients recovering from lung conditions.
The home the Washington’s stayed at was the house of Capt. Croftan, Commander of James Fort.
The plaque outside the historic house reads:
On the occasion of his visit to Barbados this plaque was presented by President William Jefferson Clinton to The Right Honourable Owen S. Arthur, Prime Minister, and to the People of Barbados in a spirit of friendship and goodwill which binds our two countries and in recognition that George Washington, the first President of the United States of America, lived in this house during his visit to this fair country in 1751.
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