A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Barbados


The United States maintained a consular presence in Barbados beginning June 11, 1823, when Barbados was still a British colony. Following widespread Caribbean decolonization throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the United States has used Bridgetown as a base for diplomatic relations with Barbados and the region.

Modern Flag of Barbados


U.S. Recognition of Barbados’ Independence, 1966.

Following a June 1966 constitutional conference with Great Britain at which Barbados negotiated its independence, Barbados because an independent state within the British Commonwealth on November 30, 1966. The United States recognized Barbados’ independence that same day when it opened the American Embassy in Bridgetown.

Diplomatic Relations

Establishment of Diplomatic Relations and the American Embassy in Barbados, 1966.

The U.S. Embassy at Bridgetown was established on November 30, 1966, with George Dolgin as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim.


  • CIA World Factbook: Barbados
  • Department of State Country Fact Sheet: Barbados
  • Department of State Country Information: Barbados