Colonial Bank, the forerunner to Barclays Bank and Republic Bank Limited,
was established in the West Indian colonies as an effort, on the part
of a group of merchants and private bankers in London, to fill the need
for a banking system. Business commenced in Trinidad and other colonies
(Jamaica, Barbados, British Guiana, St. Thomas) on May 15 1837. By the
end of 1837, thirteen branches and agencies had been established.
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