Barbados, which gained independence in 1960 after several centuries of British control dating back to the 17th century, has a flag (adopted in 1966) composed of two blue vertical stripes on either side of a middle yellow stripe. The blue represents the sea and the sky while the yellow represents the sand. And in the middle of this yellow stripe is a black trident of Poseidon separated from its shaft.
The fact that the staff is missing is significant, since during colonial times, it was actually portrayed in its entirety and shown with Britannia, the female personification of Britain, holding it. Today, this broken lower part represents the country’s symbolic break from its status as a former British colony.
The three points of the trident represent the three principles of democracy:
- Government of the people
- Government for the people
- Government by the people