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THINGS BAJAN: Culpepper Island

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CULPEPPER ISLAND is a tiny island just off St Philip between Skeete’s Bay and Ragged Point.

It has been described as Barbados’ only dependency since Pelican Island, which was lost in the course of the Deep Water Harbour reclamation.

It is no more than 25 by 35 yards and 20 feet high.

culpepper-islandIts name is derived from a 17th century family of Culpeppers owning an estate “on the mainland” nearby.

On March 12, 2006, members of the region’s indigenous Lokono-Arawak and Karifuna-Carib tribes attempted to make a claim on Culpepper Island to be their own.

They stated that they were descendants of Princess Marian, daughter of the last Hereditary Lokono-Arawak Chief Amorotahe Haubariria (Flying Harpy Eagle) of the Eagle Clan Lokono-Arawaks who is buried in the Westbury Cemetery in Barbados.

Source: A-Z of Barbadian Heritage & www.barbados.org

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