Trinidad and Tobago is well known for its African and Indian cultures, reflected in its large and famous Carnival
, and Hosay
celebrations, as well being the birthplace of steelpan
, the limbo
, and music styles such as calypso
, and chutney soca
Historian E. L. Joseph
claimed that Trinidad's Amerindian name was Cairi
or "Land of the Humming Bird
", derived from the Arawak
name for hummingbird, ierèttê
. However, other authors dispute this etymology with some claiming that cairi
does not mean hummingbird (tukusi
being suggested as the correct word) and some claiming that kairi
, or iere
, simply means island
. Christopher Columbus
renamed it "La Isla de la Trinidad" ("The Island of the Trinity
"), fulfilling a vow made before setting out on his third voyage of exploration.
Tobago's cigar-like shape, or the use of tobacco by the native people, may have given it its Spanish name (cabaco
) and possibly some of its other Amerindian names, such as Aloubaéra
(black conch) and Urupaina
although the English pronunciation is /təˈbeɪɡoʊ/.
Both Trinidad and Tobago were originally settled by Amerindians
who came through South America.
Trinidad was first settled by pre-agricultural Archaic people at least 7,000 years ago, making it the earliest settled part of the Caribbean. Banwari Trace
in south-west Trinidad is the oldest attested archaeological site in the Caribbean, dating to about 5000 BC. Several waves of migration occurred over the following centuries, which can be identified by differences in their archaeological remains.
At the time of European contact, Trinidad was occupied by various Arawakan
-speaking groups including the Nepoya and Suppoya, and Cariban
-speaking groups such as the Yao
, while Tobago was occupied by the Island Caribs
. Trinidad was known to the native peoples as "Ieri" ("Land of the Humming Bird").
Christopher Columbus was the first European to see Trinidad, on his third voyage to the Americas in 1498.
He also reported seeing Tobago on the distant horizon, naming it Bellaforma
, but did not land on the island.
In the 1530s Antonio de Sedeño, a Spanish soldier intent on conquering the island of Trinidad, landed on its southwest coast with a small army of men, intending to subdue the Amerindian peoples of the island. Sedeño and his men fought the native peoples on many occasions, and subsequently built a fort. The next few decades were generally spent in warfare with the native peoples, until in 1592, the "Cacique" (native chief) Wannawanare (also known as Guanaguanare) granted the area around modern Saint Joseph
to Domingo de Vera e Ibargüen, and withdrew to another part of the island.
The settlement of San José de Oruña was later established by Antonio de Berrío
on this land in 1592.
Shortly thereafter the English sailor Sir Walter Raleigh
arrived in Trinidad on 22 March 1595 in search
of the long-rumoured "El Dorado
" ("City of Gold") supposedly located in South America.
He attacked San José, captured and interrogated Antonio de Berrío, and obtained much information from him and from the Cacique Topiawari; Raleigh then went on his way, and Spanish authority was restored.
Meanwhile, there were numerous attempts by European powers to settle Tobago during the 1620-40s, with the Dutch, English and Couronians (people from the Duchy of Courland and Semigallia
, now part of Latvia
) all attempting to colonise the island with little success.
From 1654 the Dutch and Courlanders managed to gain a more secure foothold, later joined by several hundred French settlers.
A plantation economy developed based on the production of sugar, indigo and rum, worked by large numbers of African slaves who soon came to vastly outnumber the European colonists.
Large numbers of forts were constructed as Tobago became a source of contention between France, Netherlands and Britain, with the island changing hands some 31 times prior to 1814, a situation exacerbated by widespread piracy.
The British managed to hold Tobago from 1762 to 1781, whereupon it was captured by the French, who ruled until 1793 when Britain re-captured the island.
The 17th century on Trinidad passed largely without major incident, but sustained attempts by the Spaniards to control and rule over the Amerindians were often fiercely resisted.
In 1687 the Catholic Catalan Capuchin friars
were given responsibility for the conversions
of the indigenous people
and the Guianas
They founded several missions in Trinidad, supported and richly funded by the state, which also granted encomienda
right to them over the native peoples, in which the native peoples were forced to provide labour for the Spanish.
One such mission was Santa Rosa de Arima,
established in 1689, when Amerindians from the former encomiendas
) were relocated further west.
Escalating tensions between the Spaniards and Amerindians culminated in violence 1689, when Amerindians in the San Rafael encomienda rebelled and killed several priests, attacked a church, and killed the Spanish governor José de León y Echales
. Among those killed in the governor's party was Juan Mazien de Sotomayor, missionary priest to the Nepuyo villages of Cuara, Tacarigua and Arauca.
The Spanish retaliated severely, slaughtering hundreds of native peoples in an event that became known as the Arena massacre
As a result, continuing Spanish slave-raiding, and the devastating impact of introduced disease to which they had no immunity, the native population was virtually wiped out by the end of the following century.
During this period Trinidad was an island province belonging to the Viceroyalty of New Spain
, together with Central America, present-day Mexico
and what would later become the southwestern United States
In 1757 the capital was moved from San José de Oruña to Puerto de España (modern Port of Spain
) following several pirate attacks.
However the Spanish never made any concerted effort to colonise the islands; Trinidad in this period was still mostly forest, populated by a few Spaniards with a handful of slaves and a few thousand Amerindians.
Indeed, the population in 1777 was only 1,400, and Spanish colonisation in Trinidad remained tenuous.
Influx of French settlers
In 1777, the captain general Luis de Unzaga
'le Conciliateur', married to a French Creole, allowed free trade in Trinidad, attracting French settlers and its economy improved notably.
Since Trinidad was considered underpopulated, Roume de St. Laurent, a Frenchman living in Grenada
, was able to obtain a Cédula de Población
from the Spanish king Charles III
on 4 November 1783.
A Cédula de Población
had previously been granted in 1776 by the king, but had not shown results, and therefore the new Cédula was more generous.
It granted free land and tax exemption for 10 years to Roman Catholic foreign settlers who were willing to swear allegiance to the King of Spain.
The Spanish also gave many incentives to lure settlers to the island, including exemption from taxes for ten years and land grants in accordance with the terms set out in the Cédula
The land grant was 30 fanegas (13 hectares/32 acres) for each free man, woman and child and half of that for each slave that they brought with them. The Spanish sent a new governor, José María Chacón
, to implement the terms of the new cédula
It was fortuitous that the Cédula was issued only a few years before the French Revolution
. During that period of upheaval, French planters with their slaves, free coloureds
from the neighbouring islands of Martinique
, Saint Lucia
, Grenada, Guadeloupe
migrated to Trinidad, where they established an agriculture-based economy (sugar and cocoa).
These new immigrants established local communities in Blanchisseuse
, Champs Fleurs, Paramin
As a result, Trinidad's population jumped to over 15,000 by the end of 1789, and by 1797 the population of Port of Spain
had increased from under 3,000 to 10,422 in just five years, with a varied population of mixed race individuals, Spaniards, Africans, French republican soldiers, retired pirates and French nobility.
The total population of Trinidad was 17,718, of which 2,151 were of European ancestry, 4,476 were "free blacks and people of colour", 10,009 were enslaved people and 1,082 Amerindians
The sparse settlement and slow rate of population-increase during Spanish rule (and even later during British rule) made Trinidad one of the less populated colonies of the West Indies, with the least developed plantation infrastructure.
A medallion showing the capture of Trinidad and Tobago by the British
The British had begun to take a keen interest in Trinidad, and in 1797 a British force led by General Sir Ralph Abercromby
launched an invasion of Trinidad
His squadron sailed through the Bocas and anchored off the coast of Chaguaramas
. Seriously outnumbered, Chacón decided to capitulate to British without fighting.
Trinidad thus became a British crown colony
, with a largely French-speaking population and Spanish laws.
British rule was later formalised under the Treaty of Amiens
The colony's first British governor was Thomas Picton
, however his heavy-handed approach to enforcing British authority, including the use of torture and arbitrary arrest
, led to his being recalled.
British rule led to an influx of settlers from the United Kingdom and the British colonies of the Eastern Caribbean. English, Scots, Irish, German and Italian families arrived, as well as some free blacks known as "Merikins
" who had fought for Britain in the War of 1812
and were granted land in southern Trinidad.
Under British rule, new states were created and the importation of slaves increased, however by this time support for abolitionism
had vastly increased and in England the slave trade was under attack.
Slavery was abolished in 1833
, after which former slaves served an "apprenticeship
" period. In 1837 Daaga, a West African slave trader who had been captured by Portuguese slavers and later rescued by the British navy, was conscripted into the local regiment. Daaga and a group of his compatriots mutinied at the barracks in St Joseph and set out eastward in an attempt to return to their homeland. The mutineers were ambushed by a militia unit just outside the town of Arima. The revolt was crushed at the cost of some 40 dead, and Daaga and his party were later executed at St Joseph.
The apprenticeship system ended on 1 August 1838 with full emancipation.
An overview of the populations statistics in 1838, however, clearly reveals the contrast between Trinidad and its neighbouring islands: upon emancipation of the slaves in 1838, Trinidad had only 17,439 slaves, with 80% of slave owners having enslaved fewer than 10 people each.
In contrast, at twice the size of Trinidad, Jamaica had roughly 360,000 slaves.
Arrival of Indian Indentured Labourers
After the African slaves were emancipated many refused to continue working on the plantations, often moving out to urban areas such as Laventille and Belmont
to the east of Port of Spain.
As a result, a severe agricultural labour shortage emerged. The British filled this gap by instituting a system of indentureship
. Various nationalities were contracted under this system, including Indians, Chinese, and Portuguese.
Of these, the East Indians were imported in the largest numbers, starting from 1 May 1845, when 225 Indians were brought in the first shipment to Trinidad on the Fatel Razack
, a Muslim-owned vessel.
Indentureship of the Indians lasted from 1845 to 1917, during which time more than 147,000 Indians came to Trinidad to work on sugarcane plantations.
Indentureship contracts were sometimes exploitative, to such an extent that historians such as Hugh Tinker were to call it "a new system of slavery". Despite these descriptions, it was not truly a new form of slavery, as workers were paid, contracts were finite, and the idea of an individual being another's property had been eliminated when slavery was abolished.
In addition, employers of indentured labour had no legal right to flog or whip their workers; the main legal sanction for the enforcement of the indenture laws was prosecution in the courts, followed by fines or (more likely) jail sentences.
People were contracted for a period of five years, with a daily wage as low as 25 cents in the early 20th century, and they were guaranteed return passage to India at the end of their contract period. However, coercive means
were often used to retain labourers, and the indentureship contracts
were soon extended to 10 years from 1854 after the planters complained that they were losing their labour too early.
In lieu of the return passage, the British authorities soon began offering portions of land to encourage settlement, and by 1902, more than half of the sugar cane in Trinidad was being produced by independent cane farmers; the majority of which were Indians.
Despite the trying conditions experienced under the indenture system, about 90% of the Indian immigrants chose, at the end of their contracted periods of indenture, to make Trinidad their permanent home.
East Indians entering the colony were also subject to certain crown laws which segregated them from the rest of Trinidad's population, such as the requirement that they carry a pass with them if they left the plantations, and that if freed, they carry their "Free Papers" or certificate indicating completion of the indenture period.
Colonial flag of Trinidad and Tobago, 1889–1958
Few Indians settled on Tobago however, and the descendants of African slaves continued to form the majority of the island's population. An ongoing economic slump in the middle-to-late 19th century caused widespread poverty.
Discontent erupted into rioting on the Roxborough
plantation in 1876, in an event known as the Belmanna Uprising after a policeman who was killed.
The British eventually managed to restore control, however as a result of the disturbances Tobago's Legislative Assembly voted to dissolve itself and the island became a Crown colony in 1877.
With the sugar industry in a state of near-collapse and the island no longer profitable, the British attached Tobago to their Trinidad colony in 1889.
Early 20th century
In 1903, a protest
against the introduction of new water rates in Port of Spain erupted into rioting; 18 people were shot dead, and the Red House (the government headquarters) was damaged by fire.
A local elected assembly with some limited powers was introduced in 1913.
Economically Trinidad and Tobago remained a predominantly agricultural colony; alongside sugarcane, the cacao (cocoa
) crop also contributed greatly to economic earnings in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In November 1919, the dockworkers went on strike over bad management practices, low wages compared to a higher cost of living.
Strikebreakers were brought in to keep a minimum of goods moving through the ports. On 1 December 1919, the striking dockworkers rushed the harbour and chased off the strikebreakers.
They then proceeded to march on the government buildings in Port of Spain. Other unions and workers, many with the same grievances, joined the dock worker's strike making it a General Strike.
Violence broke out and was only put down with help from the sailors of British Naval ship HMS Calcutta
. The unity brought upon by the strike was the first time of cooperation between the various ethnic groups of the time.
Historian Brinsley Samaroo says that the 1919 strikes "seem to indicate that there was a growing class consciousness after the war and this transcended racial feelings at times."
However, in the 1920s, the collapse of the sugarcane industry, concomitant with the failure of the cocoa industry, resulted in widespread depression among the rural and agricultural workers in Trinidad, and encouraged the rise of a labour movement. Conditions on the islands worsened in the 1930s with the onset of the Great Depression
, with an outbreak of labour riots
occurring in 1937 which resulted in several deaths.
The labour movement aimed to unite the urban working class and agricultural labour class; the key figures being Arthur Cipriani
, who led the Trinidad Workingmen's Association (TWA), and Tubal Uriah "Buzz" Butler
of the British Empire Citizens' and Workers' Home Rule Party
As the movement developed calls for greater autonomy from British colonial rule became widespread; this effort was severely undermined by the British Home Office and by the British-educated Trinidadian elite, many of whom were descended from the plantocracy class.
Petroleum had been discovered in 1857, but became economically significant only in the 1930s and afterwards as a result of the collapse of sugarcane and cocoa, and increasing industrialisation.
By the 1950s petroleum had become a staple in Trinidad's export market, and was responsible for a growing middle class among all sections of the Trinidad population. The collapse of Trinidad's major agricultural commodities, followed by the Depression, and the rise of the oil economy, led to major changes in the country's social structure.
The presence of American military bases
in Chaguaramas and Cumuto
in Trinidad during World War II
had a profound effect on society. The Americans vastly improved the infrastructure on Trinidad and provided many locals with well-paying jobs; however the social effects of having so many young soldiers stationed on the island, as well as their often unconcealed racial prejudice, caused resentment.
The Americans left in 1961.
In the post-war period the British began a process of decolonisation across the British Empire. In 1945 universal suffrage was introduced to Trinidad and Tobago.
Political parties emerged on the island, however these were largely divided along racial lines: Afro-Trinidadians and Tobagonians primarily supported the People's National Movement
(PNM), formed in 1956 by Eric Williams
, with Indo-Trinidadians and Tobagonians mostly supporting the People's Democratic Party
(PDP), formed in 1953 by Bhadase Sagan Maraj
which later merged into the Democratic Labour Party
(DLP) in 1957.
Britain's Caribbean colonies formed the West Indies Federation
in 1958 as a vehicle for independence, however the Federation dissolved after Jamaica withdrew following a membership referendum
in 1961. The government of Trinidad and Tobago subsequently chose to seek independence from the United Kingdom on its own.
Leaders at Independence
Trinidad and Tobago gained its independence
from the United Kingdom
on 31 August 1962. Elizabeth II
remained head of state as Queen of Trinidad and Tobago
, represented locally by Governor-General Solomon Hochoy
. Eric Williams of the PNM, a noted historian and intellectual widely regarded as The Father of The Nation
, became the first Prime Minister
, serving in that capacity uninterrupted until 1981.
The dominant figure in the opposition in the early independence years was Rudranath Capildeo
of the DLP. The 1960s saw the rise of a Black Power movement
, inspired in part by the civil rights movement
in the United States. Protests and strikes became common, with events coming to head in April 1970 when police shot dead a protester named Basil Davis.
Fearing a breakdown of law and order, Prime Minister Williams declared a state of emergency and arrested many of the Black Power leaders. Some army leaders who were sympathetic to the Black Power movement, notably Raffique Shah
and Rex Lassalle
, attempted to mutiny; however, this was quashed by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard
Williams and the PNM retained power, largely due to divisions in the opposition.
In 1963 Tobago was struck by Hurricane Flora
, which killed 30 people and resulted in enormous destruction across the island.
Partly as a result of this, tourism came to replace agriculture as the island's main income earner in the subsequent decades.
Between the years 1972 and 1983, the country profited greatly from the rising price of oil and the discovery of vast new oil deposits in its territorial waters, resulting in an economic boom that increased living standards greatly.
In 1976 the country became a republic within the Commonwealth
, though it retained the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
as its final appellate court.
The position of governor-general was replaced with that of President
; Ellis Clarke
was the first to hold this largely ceremonial role.
Tobago was granted limited self-rule with the creation of the Tobago House of Assembly
Williams died in 1981, being replaced by George Chambers
who led the country until 1986. By this time a fall in the price of oil had resulted in a recession, causing rising inflation and unemployment.
The main opposition parties united under the banner of National Alliance for Reconstruction
(NAR) and won the 1986 Trinidad and Tobago general election
, with NAR leader A. N. R. Robinson
becoming the new Prime Minister.
Robinson was unable to hold together the fragile NAR coalition, and social unrest was caused by his economic reforms, such as devaluing the currency and implementing an International Monetary Fund Structural Adjustment Program
In 1990 114 members of the Jamaat al Muslimeen
, led by Yasin Abu Bakr
(formerly known as Lennox Phillip) stormed the Red House
(the seat of Parliament
), and Trinidad and Tobago Television
, the only television station in the country at the time, holding Robinson and country's government hostage
for six days before surrendering.
The coup leaders were promised amnesty, but upon their surrender they were then arrested, but later released after protracted legal wrangling.
Since 2003 the country entered a second oil boom, and petroleum, petrochemicals and natural gas continue to be the backbone of the economy. Tourism and the public service are the mainstay of the economy of Tobago, though authorities have attempted to diversify the island's economy.
A corruption scandal resulted in Manning's defeat by the newly formed People's Partnership
coalition in 2010, with Kamla Persad-Bissessar
becoming the country's first female Prime Minister.
However, corruption allegations bedevilled the new administration, and the PP were defeated in 2015 by the PNM under Keith Rowley
In August 2020, the governing People's National Movement won general election
, meaning the incumbent Prime Minister Keith Rowley will serve a second term.
A map of Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago's topography
Trinidad and Tobago is situated between 10° 2' and 11° 12' N latitude
and 60° 30' and 61° 56' W longitude
, with the Caribbean Sea
to the north, the Atlantic Ocean
to the east and south, and the Gulf of Paria
to the west. It is located in the far south-east of the Caribbean region, with the island of Trinidad being just 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) off the coast of Venezuela
in mainland South America
across the Columbus Channel
The islands are a physiographical extension of South America
Covering an area of 5,128 km2
(1,980 sq mi),
the country consists of two main islands, Trinidad and Tobago
, separated by a 20-mile (32 km) strait, plus a number of much smaller islands
, including Chacachacare
, Gaspar Grande
(or Gasparee), Little Tobago
, and Saint Giles Island
Trinidad is 4,768 km2
(1,841 sq mi) in area (comprising 93.0% of the country's total area) with an average length of 80 kilometres (50 mi) and an average width of 59 kilometres (37 mi). Tobago has an area of about 300 km2
(120 sq mi), or 5.8% of the country's area, is 41 km (25 mi) long and 12 km (7.5 mi) at its greatest width. Trinidad and Tobago lie on the continental shelf of South America, and are thus geologically considered to lie entirely in South America.
The terrain of the islands is a mixture of mountains and plains.
On Trinidad the Northern Range
runs parallel with the north coast, and contains the country's highest peak (El Cerro del Aripo
), which is 940 metres (3,080 ft) above sea level,
and second highest (El Tucuche
, 936 metres (3,071 ft)).
The rest of the island is generally flatter, excluding the Central Range
and Montserrat Hills in the centre of the island and the Southern Range
and Trinity Hills
in the south. The three mountain ranges determine the drainage pattern of Trinidad.
The east coast is noted for its beaches, most notably Manzanilla Beach
. The island contains several large swamp areas, such as the Caroni Swamp
and the Nariva Swamp
Major bodies of water on Trinidad include the Hollis Reservoir
, Navet Reservoir
, Caroni Reservoir
. Trinidad is made up of a variety of soil types, the majority being fine sands and heavy clays. The alluvial valleys of the Northern Range and the soils of the East–West Corridor
are the most fertile.
Trinidad is also notable for containing Pitch Lake
, the largest natural reservoir of asphalt
in the world.
Tobago contains a flat plain in its south-west, with the eastern half of the island being more mountainous, culminating in Pigeon Peak, the island's highest point at 550 metres (1,800 ft).
Tobago also contains several coral reefs off its coast.
The majority of the population reside on the island of Trinidad, and this is thus the location of largest towns and cities
. There are four major municipalities in Trinidad: the capital Port of Spain, San Fernando
. The main town on Tobago is Scarborough
Pitch Lake, in south-west Trinidad
Trinidad and Tobago has a maritime tropical climate
There are two seasons annually: the dry season
for the first five months of the year, and the rainy season
in the remaining seven of the year. Winds are predominantly from the northeast and are dominated by the northeast trade winds
. Unlike many Caribbean islands Trinidad and Tobago lies outside the main hurricane alleys; nevertheless, the island of Tobago was struck by Hurricane Flora on 30 September 1963. In the Northern Range of Trinidad, the climate is often cooler than that of the sweltering heat of the plains below, due to constant cloud and mist cover, and heavy rains in the mountains.
Record temperatures for Trinidad and Tobago are 39 °C (102 °F)
for the high in Port of Spain, and a low of 12 °C (54 °F).
Beach, in the southeastern area of Trinidad
Because Trinidad and Tobago lies on the continental shelf of South America, and in ancient times were physically connected to the South American mainland, its biological diversity is unlike that of most other Caribbean islands, and has much more in common with that of Venezuela.
The main ecosystems are: coastal and marine (coral reefs, mangrove swamps, open ocean and seagrass beds); forest; freshwater (rivers and streams); karst
; man-made ecosystems (agricultural land, freshwater dams, secondary forest); and savanna. On 1 August 1996, Trinidad and Tobago ratified the 1992 Rio Convention on Biological Diversity
, and it has produced a biodiversity action plan and four reports describing the country's contribution to biodiversity conservation. These reports formally acknowledged the importance of biodiversity to the well-being of the country's people through provision of ecosystem services
Information about vertebrates is good, with 472 bird species (2 endemics), about 100 mammals, about 90 reptiles (a few endemics), about 30 amphibians (including several endemics), 50 freshwater fish and at least 950 marine fish.
Notable mammal species include the ocelot
, West Indian manatee
, collared peccary
(known as the quenk locally), red-rumped agouti
, red brocket deer
, Neotropical otter
, weeper capuchin
and red howler monkey
; there are also some 70 species of bat
, including the vampire bat
and fringe-lipped bat
The larger reptiles present include 5 species of marine turtles known to nest on the islands' beaches, the green anaconda
, the Boa constrictor
and the spectacled caiman
. There are at least 47 species of snakes, including only four dangerous venomous species (only in Trinidad and not in Tobago), lizards such as the green iguana
, the Tupinambis cryptus
and a few species of fresh water turtles and land tortoises.
are present. Of the amphibians, the golden tree frog
is found only in the highest peaks of Trinidad's Northern Range and nearby in those of Venezuela
's Paria Peninsula.
Marine life is abundant, with several species of sea urchin
, manta ray
and whale shark
present in the islands' waters.
The introduced Pterois
is viewed as a pest, as it eats many native species of fish and has no natural predators; efforts are currently underway to cull the numbers of this species.
The country contains five terrestrial ecoregions: Trinidad and Tobago moist forests
, Lesser Antillean dry forests
, Trinidad and Tobago dry forests
, Windward Islands xeric scrub
, and Trinidad mangroves
Trinidad and Tobago is noted particularly for its large number of bird species, and is a popular destination for bird watchers
. Notable species include the scarlet ibis
, shiny cowbird
and various species of honeycreeper
; there are also 17 species of hummingbird, including the tufted coquette
which is the world's third smallest.
Although the list is far from complete, 1,647 species of fungi, including lichens, have been recorded.
The true total number of fungi is likely to be far higher, given the generally accepted estimate that only about 7% of all fungi worldwide have so far been discovered.
A first effort to estimate the number of endemic fungi tentatively listed 407 species.
Information about micro-organisms is dispersed and very incomplete. Nearly 200 species of marine algae have been recorded.
The true total number of micro-organism species must be much higher.
Thanks to a recently published checklist, plant diversity in Trinidad and Tobago is well documented with about 3,300 species (59 endemic) recorded.
Despite significant felling, forests still cover about 40% of the country, and there are about 350 different species of tree.
A notable tree is the manchineel
which is extremely poisonous to humans, and even just touching its sap can cause severe blistering of the skin; the tree is often covered with warning signs. The country had a 2019 Forest Landscape Integrity Index
mean score of 6.62/10, ranking it 69th globally out of 172 countries.
Threats to the country's biodiversity include over-hunting and poaching (see Hunting#Trinidad and Tobago
), habitat loss and fragmentation (particularly due to forest fires and land clearance for quarrying, agriculture, squatting, housing and industrial development and road construction), water pollution, and introduction of invasive species and pathogens.
Government and politics
, official office of the Prime Minister
The head of state
of Trinidad and Tobago is the President, currently Paula-Mae Weekes
This largely ceremonial role replaced that of the Governor-General (representing the Monarch of Trinidad and Tobago
) upon Trinidad and Tobago's becoming a republic in 1976.
The head of government
is the Prime Minister
, currently Keith Rowley
The President is elected by an Electoral college
consisting of the full membership of both houses of Parliament
. The Prime Minister is elected following a general election which takes place every five years. The President is required to appoint the leader of the party who in his or her opinion has the most support of the members of the House of Representatives to this post; this has generally been the leader of the party which won the most seats in the previous election (except in the case of the 2001 General Elections
Since 1980 Tobago has also had its own elections, separate from the general elections. In these elections, members are elected and serve in the unicameral Tobago House of Assembly.
Parliament consists of the Senate
(31 seats) and the House of Representatives
(41 seats, plus the Speaker).
The members of the Senate are appointed by the president; 16 Government Senators are appointed on the advice of the Prime Minister, six Opposition Senators are appointed on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition
, currently Kamla Persad-Bissessar
, and nine Independent Senators are appointed by the President to represent other sectors of civil society. The 41 members of the House of Representatives are elected by the people for a maximum term of five years in a "first past the post
Regional corporations and municipalities of Trinidad and Tobago
The two main parties are the People's National Movement (PNM) and the United National Congress (UNC). Support for these parties appears to fall along ethnic lines, with the PNM consistently obtaining a majority of Afro-Trinidadian vote, and the UNC gaining a majority of Indo-Trinidadian support. Several smaller parties also exist. As of the August 2020 General Elections, there were 19 registered political parties. These include, the Progressive Empowerment Party, Trinidad Humanity Campaign, New National Vision, Movement for Social Justice, Congress of the People, Movement for National Development, Progressive Democratic Patriots, National Coalition for Transformation, Progressive Party, Independent Liberal Party, Democratic Party of Trinidad and Tobago, National Organisation of We the People, Unrepresented Peoples Party, Trinidad and Tobago Democratic Front, The National Party, One Tobago Voice, and Unity of the Peoples.
Coast Guard vessel in action
The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) is the military organisation responsible for the defence of the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
It consists of the Regiment
, the Coast Guard, the Air Guard
and the Defence Force Reserves
. Established in 1962 after Trinidad and Tobago's independence from the United Kingdom, the TTDF is one of the largest military forces in the Anglophone Caribbean.
Its mission statement is to "defend the sovereign good of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, contribute to the development of the national community and support the State in the fulfilment of its national and international objectives". The Defence Force has been engaged in domestic incidents, such as the 1990 coup attempt, and international missions, such as the United Nations Mission in Haiti
between 1993 and 1996.
Trinidad and Tobago maintains close relations with its Caribbean
neighbours and major North American and European trading partners. As the most industrialised and second-largest country in the Anglophone Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago has taken a leading role in the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM), and strongly supports CARICOM economic integration efforts. It also is active in the Summit of the Americas
process and supports the establishment of the Free Trade Area of the Americas
, lobbying other nations for seating the Secretariat in Port of Spain.
As a member of CARICOM, Trinidad and Tobago strongly backed efforts by the United States to bring political stability to Haiti
, contributing personnel to the Multinational Force in 1994. After its 1962 independence, Trinidad and Tobago joined the United Nations and Commonwealth of Nations. In 1967 it became the first Commonwealth country to join the Organization of American States
In 1995 Trinidad played host to the inaugural meeting of the Association of Caribbean States
and has become the seat of this 35-member grouping, which seeks to further economic progress and integration among its states. In international forums, Trinidad and Tobago has defined itself as having an independent voting record, but often supports US and EU positions.
Law enforcement and crime
Trinidad and Tobago has in recent decades suffered from a relatively high crime rate;
there are currently roughly 500 murders per year.
The country is a noted transshipment centre for the trafficking of illegal drugs from South America to the rest of the Caribbean and beyond to North America.
Some estimates put the size of the "hidden economy" as high as 20–30% of measured GDP.
Though there have been no terrorism-related incidents in the country since the 1990 coup attempt, Trinidad and Tobago remains a potential target; for example, in February 2018 a plan to attack the Carnival was foiled by police.
It is estimated that roughly 100 citizens of the country have travelled to the Middle East to fight for Islamic State
In 2017 the government adopted a counter-terrorism and extremism strategy.
Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service
The country's prison administration is the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service (TTPS), it is under the control of the Commissioner of Prisons (Ag.) Dennis Pulchan, located in Port-of-Spain.
The prison population rate is 292 people per 100,000. The total prison population, including pre-trial detainees and remand prisoners, is 3,999 prisoners. The population rate of pre-trial detainees and remand prisoners is 174 per 100,000 of the national population (59.7% of the prison population). In 2018, the female prison population rate is 8.5 per 100,000 of the national population (2.9% of the prison population). Prisoners that are minors makes up 1.9% of the prison population and foreigners prisoners make 0.8% of the prison population. The occupancy level of Trinidad and Tobago's prison system is at 81.8% capacity.
Trinidad and Tobago has nine prison establishments; Golden Grove Prison, Maximum Security Prison, Port of Spain Prison, Eastern Correctional Rehabilitation Centre, Remand Prison, Tobago Convict Prison, Carrera Convict Island Prison, Women's Prison and Youth Training and Rehabilitation Centre.
Trinidad and Tobago also use labour yards as prisons, or means of punishment.
The population of the country currently stands at 1,363,985 (July 2019 est.).
The ethnic composition of Trinidad and Tobago reflects a history of conquest and immigration.
While the earliest inhabitants were of Amerindian heritage, the two dominant groups in the country are now those of South Asian and of African heritage. Indo-Trinidadian and Tobagonians
make up the country's largest ethnic group (approximately 35.4%);
they are primarily the descendants of indentured workers from South Asia
(mostly from India
), brought to replace freed African slaves who refused to continue working on the sugar plantations. Through cultural preservation many residents of Indian descent continue to maintain traditions from their ancestral homeland. Indo-Trinidadians reside primarily on Trinidad; as of the 2011 census only 2.5% of Tobago's population was of Indian descent.
Afro-Trinidadians and Tobagonians
make up the country's second largest ethnic group, with approximately 34.2% of the population identifying as being of African descent.
The majority of people of an African background are the descendants of slaves forcibly transported to the islands from as early as the 16th century. This group constitute the majority on Tobago, at 85.2%.
The bulk of the rest of the population are those who identify as being of mixed heritage.
There are also small but significant minorities of people of Amerindian, European
, and Arab
on Trinidad is a noted centre of Amerindian culture.
English and English creoles
The variant of Caribbean Hindustani that is spoken in Trinidad and Tobago is known as Trinidadian Hindustani
, Trinidadian Bhojpuri
, Plantation Hindustani
, or Gaon ke Bolee (Village Speech)
A majority of the early Indian immigrants spoke Bhojpuri
, which later formed into Trinidadian Hindustani. In 1935, Indian movies began showing to audiences in Trinidad. Most of the Indian movies were in the Standard Hindustani (Hindi-Urdu) dialect
and this modified Trinidadian Hindustani slightly by adding Standard Hindi
phrases and vocabulary to Trinidadian Hindustani. Indian movies also revitalized Hindustani among Indo-Trinidadian and Tobagonians.
Around the mid to late 1970s the lingua franca
of Indo-Trinidadian and Tobagonians switched from Trinidadian Hindustani to a sort of "Hindinized" version of English. Today Hindustani survives on through Indo-Trinidadian and Tobagonian musical forms
such as, Bhajan
, Indian classical music
, Indian folk music
, Chutney soca
, and Chutney parang
. As of 2003, there are about 15,633 Indo-Trinidadian and Tobagonians who speak Trinidadian Hindustani and as of 2011, there are 10,000 who speak Standard Hindi. Many Indo-Trinidadians and Tobagonians today speak a type of Hinglish
that consist of Trinidadian and Tobagonian English that is heavily laced with Trinidadian Hindustani vocabulary and phrases and many Indo-Trinidadians and Tobagonians can recite phrases or prayers in Hindustani today. There are many places in Trinidad and Tobago that have names of Hindustani origin. Some phrases and vocabulary have even made its way into the mainstream English and English Creole dialect of the country. World Hindi Day
is celebrated each year with events organized by the National Council of Indian Culture, Hindi Nidhi Foundation, Indian High Commission, Mahatma Gandhi Institute, and the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha
Attempts to preserve Trinidadian Hindustani are being made by Caribbean Hindustani Inc. led by Visham Bhimull.
In 2014, the Spanish language
was the native language of 4,000 people (or 0.3 % of the total population) living in Trinidad and Tobago.
The number has grown substantially thanks to the massive immigration of Venezuelans due to the crisis that the country has been suffering in the last decade.
Other local languages are English
(official) and other unofficial languages such as Caribbean Hindustani
, French Creole
and others.
The Tamil language is spoken by some of the older Tamil (Madrasi)
Indo-Trinidadian and Tobagonian population. It is mostly spoken by the few remaining children of indentured Indian labourers from the present-day state of Tamil Nadu
. Other speakers of the language are recent immigrants from Tamil Nadu.
The Chinese language first came to Trinidad and Tobago in 1806, when the British had brought Chinese labourers in order to determine if they were fit to use as labourers after the abolition of slavery.
About 2,645 Chinese immigrants arrived in Trinidad as indentured labour between 1853 and 1866.
A majority of the people who immigrated in the 19th century were from southern China
and spoke the Hakka
dialects of Chinese. In the 20th century after the years of indentureship up to the present-day more Chinese people have immigrated to Trinidad and Tobago for business and they speak the dialects of the indenturees along with other Chinese dialects, such as Mandarin
J. Dyer Ball, writing in 1906, says: "In Trinidad there were, about twenty years ago, 4,000 or 5,000 Chinese, but they have decreased to probably about 2,000 or 3,000, [2,200 in 1900]. They used to work in sugar plantations, but are now principally shopkeepers, as well as general merchants, miners and railway builders, etc."
The indigenous languages were Yao on Trinidad and Karina
on Tobago, both Cariban, and Shebaya
on Trinidad, which was Arawakan.
The 26-meter Hanuman
murti in Carapichaima
, a noted centre of Hindu and Indo-Trinidadian culture; it is the largest statue of Hanuman outside of India
were the second largest group with 18.15%.
Hinduism is practised throughout the country and Diwali
is a public holiday, and other Hindu holidays
are also widely celebrated. The largest Hindu organization in Trinidad and Tobago is the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha
, which was formed in 1952 after the merging of the two main Hindu organizations. Most Hindus in Trinidad and Tobago are Sanātanī (Sanatanist/Orthodox Hindu)
. Other sects and organizations include the Arya Samaj
, Kabir Panth
, Seunariani (Sieunarini/Shiv Narayani), Ramanandi Sampradaya
, Aughar (Aghor)
, Ravidas Panth
, Kali Mai (Madrasi)
, Sathya Sai Baba movement
, Shirdi Sai Baba movement
, ISKCON (Hare Krishna)
, Chinmaya Mission
, Bharat Sevashram Sangha
, Divine Life Society
, Murugan (Kaumaram)
, Ganapathi Sachchidananda movement
, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat (Radha Madhav)
and Brahma Kumaris
represent 4.97% of the population. Eid al-Fitr
is a public holiday and Eid al-Adha
, and other Muslim holidays
are also celebrated. There has also been a Jewish community on the islands for many centuries, however their numbers have never been large, with a 2007 estimating putting the Jewish population at 55 individuals.
African-derived or Afrocentric religions are also practised, notably Trinidad Orisha
) believers (0.9%) and Rastafarians
Various aspects of traditional obeah
beliefs are still commonly practised on the islands.
Two African syncretic
faiths, the Shouter or Spiritual Baptists
and the Orisha
faith (formerly called Shangos
, a less than complimentary term)
are among the fastest growing religious groups. Similarly, there is a noticeable increase in numbers of Evangelical Protestant
churches usually lumped as "Pentecostal
" by most Trinidadians, although this designation is often inaccurate. Sikhism
, and Buddhism
are practised by a minority of Indo-Trinidadian and Tobagonians
. Several eastern religions such as Buddhism
, the Chinese folk religion
are followed by a minority of Chinese Trinidadian and Tobagonian
, with most being Christians.
Children generally start pre-school at two and a half years but this is not mandatory. They are however, expected to have basic reading and writing skills when they commence primary school. Students proceed to a primary school at the age of five years. Seven years are spent in primary school. The seven classes of primary school consists of First Year and Second Year, followed by Standard One through Standard Five. During the final year of primary school, students prepare for and sit the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) which determines the secondary school the child will attend.
Students attend secondary school for a minimum of five years, leading to the CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) examinations, which is the equivalent of the British GCSE O levels. Children with satisfactory grades may opt to continue high school for a further two-year period, leading to the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE), the equivalent of GCE A levels. Both CSEC and CAPE examinations are held by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). Public Primary and Secondary education is free for all, although private and religious schooling is available for a fee.
While women account for only 49% of the population, they constitute nearly 55% of the workforce in the country.
A proportional representation of Trinidad and Tobago's exports
Trinidad and Tobago is the most developed nation and one of the wealthiest in the Caribbean and is listed in the top 40 (2010 information) of the 70 high-income countries
in the world.
Its gross national income per capita of US$20,070
(2014 gross national income at Atlas Method) is one of the highest in the Caribbean.
In November 2011, the OECD
removed Trinidad and Tobago from its list of developing countries
Trinidad's economy is strongly influenced by the petroleum
industry. Tourism and manufacturing are also important to the local economy. Tourism is a growing sector, particular on Tobago, although proportionately it is much less important than in many other Caribbean islands. Agricultural products include citrus and cocoa. It also supplies manufactured goods, notably food, beverages, and cement, to the Caribbean region.
Oil and gas
Trinidad and Tobago is the leading Caribbean producer of oil and gas, and its economy is heavily dependent upon these resources.
Oil and gas account for about 40% of GDP and 80% of exports, but only 5% of employment.
Recent growth has been fuelled by investments in liquefied natural gas (LNG), petrochemicals, and steel. Additional petrochemical, aluminium, and plastics projects are in various stages of planning.
The country is also a regional financial centre, and the economy has a growing trade surplus.
The expansion of Atlantic LNG
over the past six years created the largest single-sustained phase of economic growth in Trinidad and Tobago. The nation is an exporter of LNG and supplied a total of 13.4 billion m3
in 2017. The largest markets for Trinidad and Tobago's LNG exports are Chile and the United States.
Trinidad and Tobago has transitioned from an oil-based economy to a natural gas based economy. In 2017, natural gas production totalled 18.5 billion m3
, a decrease of 0.4% from 2016 with 18.6 billion m3
Oil production has decreased over the past decade from 7.1 million metric tonnes per year in 2007 to 4.4 million metric tonnes per year in 2017.
In December 2005, the Atlantic LNG's fourth production module or "train" for liquefied natural gas (LNG) began production. Train four has increased Atlantic LNG's overall output capacity by almost 50% and is the largest LNG train in the world at 5.2 million tons/year of LNG.
Trinidad and Tobago is far less dependent on tourism than many other Caribbean countries and territories, with the bulk of tourist activity occurring on Tobago.
The government has made efforts to boost this sector in recent years.
Historically agricultural production (for example, sugar and coffee) dominated the economy, however this sector has been in steep decline since the 20th century and now forms just 0.4% of the country's GDP, employing 3.1% of the workforce.
Various fruits and vegetables are grown, such as cucumbers, eggplant, cassava, pumpkin, dasheen (taro) and coconut; fishing is still also commonly practised.
Trinidad and Tobago, in an effort to undergo economic transformation through diversification,
in 2012 to serve as the country's sole investment promotion agency. This agency is aligned to the Ministry of Trade and Industry and is to be the key agent in growing the country's non-oil and gas sectors significantly and sustainably.
Trinidad and Tobago has a well developed communications sector. The telecommunications and broadcasting sectors generated an estimated TT$5.63 billion (US$0.88 billion) in 2014, which as a percentage of GDP equates to 3.1 percent. This represented a 1.9 percent increase in total revenues generated by this industry compared to last year. Of total telecommunications and broadcasting revenues, mobile voice services accounted for the majority of revenues with TT$2.20 billion (39.2 percent). This was followed by internet services which contributed TT$1.18 billion or 21.1 percent. The next highest revenue earners for the industry were fixed voice services and paid television services whose contributions totalled TT$0.76 billion and TT$0.70 billion respectively (13.4 percent and 12.4 percent). International voice services was next in line, generating TT$0.27 billion (4.7 percent) in revenues. Free-to Air radio and television services contributed TT$0.18 billion and TT$0.13 billion respectively (3.2 percent and 2.4 percent). Finally, other contributors included "other revenues" and "leased line services" with earnings of TT$0.16 billion and TT$0.05 billion respectively, with 2.8 percent and 0.9 percent.
There are several providers for each segment of the telecommunications market. Fixed Lines Telephone service is provided by Digicel
(operating as bmobile
) and Cable & Wireless Communications
operating as FLOW
; cellular service is provided by TSTT
(operating as bmobile) and Digicel whilst internet service is provided by TSTT
, Green Dot and Lisa Communications.
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has recognised the creative industries as a pathway to economic growth and development. It is one of the newest, most dynamic sectors where creativity, knowledge and intangibles serve as the basic productive resource. In 2015, the Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company
Limited (CreativeTT) was established as a state agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry with a mandate to stimulate and facilitate the business development and export activities of the Creative Industries in Trinidad and Tobago to generate national wealth, and, as such, the company is responsible for the strategic and business development of the three (3) niche areas and sub sectors currently under its purview – Music
, Film and Fashion. MusicTT
are the subsidiaries established to fulfil this mandate.
The transport system in Trinidad and Tobago consists of a dense network of highways and roads across both major islands, ferries connecting Port of Spain with Scarborough and San Fernando
, and international airports on both islands.
The Uriah Butler Highway
, Churchill Roosevelt Highway
and the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway
links the island of Trinidad together, whereas the Claude Noel Highway
is the only major highway in Tobago. Public transportation options on land are public buses, private taxis and minibuses. By sea, the options are inter-island ferries and inter-city water taxis.
The island of Trinidad is served by Piarco International Airport
located in Piarco
, which opened on 8 January 1931.
Elevated at 17.4 metres (57 ft) above sea level
it comprises an area of 680 hectares (1,700 acres) and has a runway of 3,200 metres (10,500 ft). The airport consists of two terminals, the North Terminal and the South Terminal. The older South Terminal underwent renovations in 2009 for use as a VIP entrance point during the 5th Summit of the Americas. The North Terminal was completed in 2001, and consists of
14-second-level aircraft gates with jetways for international flights, two ground-level domestic gates and 82 ticket counter positions.
In 2008 the passenger throughput at Piarco International Airport was approximately 2.6 million. It is the seventh busiest airport in the Caribbean and the third busiest in the English-speaking Caribbean, after Sangster International Airport
and Lynden Pindling International Airport
Caribbean Airlines, the national airline, operates its main hub at the Piarco International Airport and services the Caribbean, the United States, Canada and South America. The airline is wholly owned by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. After an additional cash injection of US$50 million, the Trinidad and Tobago government acquired the Jamaican airline Air Jamaica
on 1 May 2010, with a 6–12-month transition period to follow.
The Island of Tobago is served by the A.N.R. Robinson International Airport
in Crown Point
This airport has regular services to North America and Europe. There are regular flights between the two islands, with fares being heavily subsidised by the Government.
Trinidad was formerly home to a railway network
, however this was closed down in 1968.
There have been talks to build a new railway on the islands, though nothing yet has come of this.
Energy policy and climate
Trinidad and Tobago is the region's leading exporter of oil and gas but imports of fossil fuels provided over 90% of the energy consumed by its CARICOM neighbours in 2008. This vulnerability led CARICOM to develop an Energy Policy which was approved in 2013. This policy is accompanied by the CARICOM Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS). Under the policy, renewable energy sources are to contribute 20% of the total electricity generation mix in member states by 2017, 28% by 2022 and 47% by 2027.
In 2014 Trinidad and Tobago was the third country in the world which emitted the most CO2
per capita after Qatar
according to the World Bank.
On average, each inhabitant produced 34.2 metric tons of CO2
in the atmosphere. In comparison, the world average was 5.0 tons per capita the same year.
The Caribbean Industrial Research Institute in Trinidad and Tobago facilitates climate change research and provides industrial support for R&D related to food security. It also carries out equipment testing and calibration for major industries.
Masqueraders during Carnival
Trinidad and Tobago has a diverse culture mixing Indian, African, Creole, Chinese, Amerindian, Arab, Latino, and European influences, reflecting the various communities who have migrated to the islands over the centuries. The island is particularly renowned for its annual Carnival
Festivals rooted in various religions and cultures practised on the islands are also popular, such as Christmas
, Independence Day, Republic Day, Divali
, Indian Arrival Day
, Phagwah (Holi)
, Maha Shivratri
, Krishna Janmashtami
, Ram Naumi
, Hanuman Jayanti
, Ganesh Utsav
, Emancipation Day
, Spiritual Baptist/Shouter Liberation Day
, Maundy Thursday
, Good Friday
, New Year’s Day
, Boxing Day
, Feast of Corpus Christi
, All Souls' Day
, All Saints' Day
, Eid al-Fitr
, Eid al-Adha
, the Santa Rosa Indigenous Festival
, and Chinese New Year
Trinidad and Tobago claims two Nobel Prize
-winning authors, V. S. Naipaul
and St Lucian
-born Derek Walcott
(who also founded the Trinidad Theatre Workshop). Other notable writers include Neil Bissoondath
, Vahni Capildeo
, Earl Lovelace
, Seepersad Naipaul
, Shiva Naipaul
, Lakshmi Persaud
, Kenneth Ramchand
, Arnold Rampersad
, Samuel Selvon
, and Rabindranath Maharaj
Art and design
is a popular percussion ensemble of Indian origin that is popular in Trinidad and Tobago.
dance originated in Trinidad as an event that took place at wakes
in Trinidad. The limbo has African roots. It was popularized in the 1950s by dance pioneer Julia Edwards
(known as the "First Lady of Limbo") and her company which appeared in several films.Bélé
, Bongo, and whining are also dance forms with African roots.
Also in 2012 Lalonde Gordon
competed in the XXX Summer Olympics where he won a bronze medal in the 400 metres (1,300 feet), being surpassed by Luguelin Santos
of the Dominican Republic
and Kirani James
. Keshorn Walcott (as stated above) came first in javelin and earned a gold medal, making him the second Trinidadian in the country's history to receive one. This also makes him the first Western[clarification needed]
athlete in 40 years to receive a gold medal in the javelin sport, and the first athlete from Trinidad and Tobago to win a gold medal in a field event in the Olympics. Sprinter Richard Thompson is also from Trinidad and Tobago. He came second place to Usain Bolt in the Beijing Olympics in the 100 metres (330 feet) with a time of 9.89s.
In 2018 The Court of Arbitration for Sport made its final decision on the failed doping sample from the Jamaican team in the 4 x 100 relay in the 2008 Olympic Games. The team from Trinidad and Tobago will be awarded the gold medal, because of the second rank during the relay run.
, world record holder for the most runs scored both in a Test and in a First Class innings and other records, was born in a small town of Santa Cruz
and is often referred to as the Prince of Port of Spain or simply the Prince. This legendary West Indian batsman is widely regarded.
Association football is also a popular sport in Trinidad and Tobago. The men's national football team
qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup
for the first time by beating Bahrain
on 16 November 2005, making them the second smallest country ever (in terms of population) to qualify, after Iceland
. The team, coached by Dutchman Leo Beenhakker
, and led by Tobagonian-born captain Dwight Yorke
, drew their first group game – against Sweden
, 0–0, but lost the second game to England
on late goals, 0–2. They were eliminated after losing 2–0 to Paraguay
in the last game of the Group stage. Prior to the 2006 World Cup qualification, Trinidad and Tobago came close in a controversial qualification campaign for the 1974 FIFA World Cup
. Following the match, the referee of their critical game against Haiti
was awarded a lifetime ban for his actions.
Trinidad and Tobago again fell just short of qualifying for the World Cup in 1990
, needing only a draw at home against the United States
but losing 1–0.
They play their home matches at the Hasely Crawford Stadium
. Trinidad and Tobago hosted the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship
, and hosted the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
The TT Pro League
is the country's primary football competition and is the top level of the Trinidad and Tobago football league system
. The Pro League serves as a league for professional football clubs in Trinidad and Tobago. The league began in 1999 as part of a need for a professional league to strengthen the country's national team
and improve the development of domestic players. The first season took place in the same year beginning with eight teams.
is commonly played in Trinidad and Tobago in colleges, universities and throughout various urban basketball courts. Its national team is one of the most successful teams in the Caribbean. At the Caribbean Basketball Championship
it won four straight gold medals from 1986 to 1990.
has long been a popular sport in Trinidad and Tobago, although it has declined in popularity in recent years. At the Netball World Championships
they co-won the event in 1979, were runners up in 1987, and second runners up in 1983.
is played in Trinidad and Tobago and continues to be a popular sport, and horse racing
is regularly followed in the country.
There are a number of 9 and 18-hole golf
courses on Trinidad and Tobago. The most established is the St Andrews Golf Club, Maraval in Trinidad (commonly referred to as Moka), and there is a newer course at Trincity, near Piarco Airport called Millennium Lakes. There are 18-hole courses at Chaguramas and Point-a-Pierre and nine-hole courses at Couva and St Madeline. Tobago has two 18-hole courses. The older of the two is at Mount Irvine, with the Magdalena Hotel & Golf Club (formerly Tobago Plantations) being built more recently.
Although a minor sport, bodybuilding is of growing interest in Trinidad and Tobago. Darrem Charles
, a former world class body builder, is from Trinidad and Tobago.
Dragonboat is also another water-sport that has been rapidly growing over the years. Introduced in 2006. the fraternity made consistent strides in having more members a part of the TTDBF (Trinidad and Tobago Dragonboat Federation) as well as performing on an international level such as the 10th IDBF World Nations Dragon Boat Championships in Tampa, Florida in the US in 2011.
is a former world champion in professional boxing. He was born in Tobago.
The flag of Trinidad and Tobago
The flag was chosen by the Independence committee in 1962. Red, black and white symbolise the warmth of the people, the richness of the earth and water respectively.
Coat of arms
The coat of arms of Trinidad and Tobago
The coat of arms was designed by the Independence committee, and features the scarlet ibis
(native to Trinidad), the cocrico
(native to Tobago) and hummingbird. The shield bears three ships, representing both the Trinity, and the three ships that Columbus sailed.
Orders and decorations
There are five categories and thirteen classes of national awards:
National anthem and national songs
Other national songs include "God Bless Our Nation"
and "Our Nation's Dawning".
The national flower of Trinidad and Tobago is the chaconia
flower. It was chosen as the national flower because it is an indigenous flower that has witnessed the history of Trinidad and Tobago. It was also chosen as the national flower because of its red colour that resembles the red of the national flag and coat of arms and because it blooms around the Independence Day of Trinidad and Tobago.
The national birds of Trinidad and Tobago are the scarlet ibis
and the cocrico
. The scarlet ibis is kept safe by the government by living in the Caroni Bird Sanctuary which was set up by the government for the protection of these birds. The Cocrico is more indigenous to the island of Tobago and are more likely to be seen in the forest.
is considered another symbol of Trinidad and Tobago due to its significance to the indigenous peoples, however, it is not a national bird.
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