France captured British islands during the American Revolution, then returned them to Britain once the conflict was ended. Independent Haiti came about after the French Revolution, while Trinidad became a British territory, ceded from Spain in 1802. France ceded St. Lucia to Britain in 1814, and Cuban independence from Spain, as well as the colonization of Puerto Rico by the United States, came about after the Spanish-American War. PBS Barbados does business in the aftermath of a Caribbean in constant turmoil from the 16th to the 20th centuries.
The first island nation to achieve independence from its colonizer was Haiti, which also became the first independent black republic in the world. An attempt was made to create a single unified independent state of the various island nations of the Caribbean, called the West Indies Federation, in the 1960’s, but it was doomed to failure. Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Bahamas, Grenada, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis, achieved independence on their own between 1962 and 1983, and began to develop economic independence through businesses which gave back to the home country, such as PBS Barbados.
British Honduras, British Guiana and Dutch Guiana, renamed Suriname, gained independence in the Caribbean in the 1960’s and 70’s. Martinique and Guadeloupe continue to be overseas regions of France, and all citizens are French citizens. St. Martin and St. Barthelemy are overseas collectivities of France. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are protectorates of the U.S., while British overseas territories in the Caribbean are Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos, some of which are today’s clients of the business services of PBS Barbados.