Bridgetown, the capital and commercial centre of Barbados was originally called 'Indian Bridge'. It is now a busy port located on the southwestern coast of the island along Carlisle Bay. The current location of the city was established by the British in 1628.

The city centre was originally a swamp, which was drained and filled-in to accommodate the city's development very early in its history. Bridgetown is the only city in Barbados and hence attracts over half the island's residents. The island of Barbados has one of the highest literacy rates in the Western Hemisphere of around 99.9 percent.