Barbados becomes a republic – level 1
Barbados is a Caribbean island. Last week, it becomes a republic. In the past, Barbados is a British colony. The history of the island is about 400 years.
200 years ago, the island is very important. It is the center of slave trade. Slave trade is the time when people from North America and Europe bring people as slaves. Slaves are usually Black people from Africa. They must work for white people. In 1843, the slave trade ends in Barbados.
Since 1966, Barbados is not under the control of Britain. Still Queen Elizabeth is the official leader. This changes last week. Dame Sandra Mason becomes the first president of Barbados.
Britan´s Prince Charles is at the ceremony. He says that he is sorry for what happens in the past.
Difficult words: republic (a country with a president as the leader), colony (a country which is under the control of another country, and people from the other country come to live there), ceremony (a formal event when people celebrate something).
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