You won't be in Barbados for long before a few telling statistics are brought to your attention. From cab drivers to hotel representatives, Barbadian boosters are quick to tell you of this breezy, sun-baked island's impressive 97 percent literacy rate, and beyond that, that the United Nations in 1994 named Barbados as the number-one developing nation in the world (a ranking judged by gross national product, life expectancy, and school enrollment). And whether you ask or not, you also will ...

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