The original name for Barbados in the Pre-Columbian era was 'Ichirouganaim' which probably meant "Red land with white teeth" or simply "Teeth" (possibly referring to the reefs around the island) Portuguese named the island “Los Barbados" (meaning “the bearded ones”), referring the Bearded Fig Trees once found in abundance on the island. Colloquially Barbadians refer to their home island as "Bim" and Bim also refers to a Barbadian ('somebody from Barbados')
Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, is the only city outside the present United States that George Washington visited. He arrived on November 2, 1751, abroad the ship 'Success'. Bridgetown was originally named "Indian Bridge" for a bridge constructed by the Indians. It was later called the "Town of Saint Michael", before finally being named Bridgetown when a new bridge was built in place of the Indian Bridge.
Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) (code: BGI) is the international airport of Barbados, located in Seawell, Christ Church. It is the only designated port of entry for persons arriving and departing by air in Barbados. The airport's former name was Seawell Airport before being dedicated posthumously in honour of the first Premier of Barbados, Sir Grantley Herbert Adams in 1976.
The brown pelican is the national bird of Saint Martin, Barbados, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. In 1902, it was made a part of the official Louisiana seal and, in 1912, a pelican and her young became part of the Flag of Louisiana as well. In 1966, it became the official state bird of Louisiana.
Caesalpinia pulcherrima, known as 'Pride of Barbados' in Barbados, is the national flower of Barbados, and is depicted on the Queen's personal Barbadian flag.