Bridgetown is the capital of the island-state of Barbados in the Caribbean. It was founded on the southwestern part of the island shortly after the first English settlement in the early 17th century. Its present-day population is about 99,000, which can be compared with the total population of Barbados at the time this picture was published: 90,000, according to the article from Le Magasin Pittoresque.
The streets of Bridgetown were said to be wide and clean, and made of fine sand. In addition to official buildings, it included two churches, a public library and several free elementary schools. A secondary educational establishment, the Lodge School, was at the time located some seven and a half miles from the city.
The caption reads in the original French:
Bridgetown, à la Barbade.