Oistins, in the southern parish of Christ Church, is a major fishing community in Barbados with a modern fishing market. At the Oistins fish market you’ll get the freshest fish, caught and brought to the jetty by the fishermen then skillfully skinned, cleaned and portioned by the vendors.
As a coastal town, Oistins played a significant role as a trans-shipment point for sugar and other crops grown at nearby plantations.
In 1652 at The Mermaid Tavern in Oistins, the Charter of Barbados was signed between Oliver Cromwell’s representative and the Governor of Barbados who remained loyal to the King. The Charter guaranteed Barbados colonists rights and privileges unheard of in any other colony, including rights to their land and local control of taxation. The agreement followed a months-long stand-off and blockade of the island