The West Indies: Goodbye to Mother

All the usual trappings and ceremonies will mark the occasion. The Union Jack will come fluttering down, and a new blue and yellow flag will rise in its place. A week of parading and full-dress parties is planned. A new Hilton is opening, and the government is getting ready its application for the United Nations. President Johnson is sending Chief Justice Earl Warren to represent him at the ceremonies, and the Duke and Duchess of Kent will represent the Queen. Yet this week, as tiny (166 sq. mi.), ham-shaped Barbados gets its formal independence from Britain—the 23rd British possession...

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