Prologue Sir Henry A. A. Nicholls, (1851–1926) like many gentlemen of that era kept a diary. As a physician, horticulturalist, and a failed political candidate, he wrote extensively about his travels throughout the West Indies. Among other things, he wrote in his 1891 diary: “What these islands wanted was capital; labour would inevitably follow capital; and the very thing to avert … disaster …” Barbados in 2016, like its Caribbean neighbours, continued the relentless struggle of attempting to attract capital in the form of greater tourism receipts, more industrial enterprises and more internationally mobile capital through a greater use of its international financial services legislation.
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