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BARBADOS is the most easterly island of the West Indies and lies well outside the group of islands which makes up the Lesser Antilles. Mainly surrounded by coral reefs, most of the island is low-lying and only in the north does it rise to 336 meters or 1,104 feet at Mount 4 Hillaby.

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The climate is tropical, but the cooling effect of the northeast trade winds prevents the temperatures rising above 30°C or 86°F. There are only two seasons, the dry and the wet when rainfall is very heavy. At one time, the economy depended almost exclusively on the production of sugar and its by-products molasses and rum and, although the industry is now declining, sugar is still the principal export. More recently, deposits of natural gas and petroleum discovered, and fishing is an important activity.

There are industries manufacturing furniture, clothing, electrical and electronic equipment. The island surrounded by pink and white sandy beaches, coral reefs. They are visited by around 400,000 tourists each year. Tourism has now taken over as the main industry and employs approximately 40 percent of the island’s labor force.

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