Bridgetown

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The city of Bridgetown (pronounced /ˈbrijˌtoun/), metropolitan pop 96,578 (2006), is the capital and largest city of the nation of Barbados. Formerly, the Town of Saint Michael, the Greater Bridgetown area is located within the parish of Saint Michael. Bridgetown is sometimes locally referred to as "The City", but the most common reference is simply "Town".

The Bridgetown port is located at 13°7′N 59°37′W / 13.117°N 59.617°W / 13.117; -59.617 (Bridgetown port), on the southwestern coast of the island along Carlisle Bay. Parts of the Greater Bridgetown area (also referred to as the City Circle) lie along the borders of the neighbouring parishes Christ Church and St. James. The Grantley Adams International Airport for Barbados, is located 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) southeast of Bridgetown city centre, and has daily flights to major cities in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada and the Caribbean. While there is no longer local municipal government, it is governed as a political constituency within the national Parliament.

The present day location of the city was established by English settlers in 1628 following a prior settlement at St. James Town. Bridgetown is a major West Indies tourist destination, and the city acts as an important financial, informatics, convention centre, and cruise ship homeport in the Caribbean region.

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