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Chamberlain Bridge spanning the Careenage, Bridgetown
Chamberlain Bridge spanning the Careenage, Bridgetown
Official seal of Bridgetown
Location of Bridgetown (red star)
Location of Bridgetown (red star)
Coordinates: 13°06′21″N 59°36′47″W / 13.10583°N 59.61306°W / 13.10583; -59.61306Coordinates: 13°06′21″N 59°36′47″W / 13.10583°N 59.61306°W / 13.10583; -59.61306[1]
Country Barbados
Parish Saint Michael
Established 1628
 • Total 15 sq mi (40 km2)
Elevation[2] 3 ft (1 m)
Population (2006)
 • Total 96,578
 • Density 6,440/sq mi (2,490/km2)
Time zone Eastern Caribbean Time Zone (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 246

The city of Bridgetown is the capital and largest city of the nation of Barbados. It was called the Town of Saint Michael. It is in the parish of Saint Michael. Bridgetown is sometimes locally called "The City", but more common is simply "Town".

The Bridgetown port, found along Carlisle Bay, is on the southwestern coast of the island. The Grantley Adams International Airport for Barbados, is 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) southeast of Bridgetown city centre.

The present day location of the city was set by English settlers in 1628. This was after settlement at St. James Town. Bridgetown is a major West Indies tourist destination. On 25 June 2011, Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison were added as a World Heritage Site of UNESCO.[3][4][5]

Bridgetown is the only city outside continental North America that George Washington visited.

English settlement of Bridgetown began on 5 July 1628[6] under Charles Wolverstone.

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