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Trinidad and Tobago

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Trinidad and Tobago are the southernmost islands of the Lesser Antilles; separated from Venezuela by the 11 km (7 miles) strait of the Gulf of Paria. 30 km (19 miles) separate the two islands.


Both islands were settled by Amerindians. Trinidad became a Spanish outpost from the late 16th century. French and British settlers; African slaves, indentured labourers came during the 18th century. 

The two islands became one state in 1888 and gained independence in 1962. In 1976 the twin-island State became a Republic within the Commonwealth with the President as Head of State. 


Executive power lies with the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. The Legislature consists of an elected House of Representatives and an appointed Senate.

Tobago has a separate House of Assembly which is responsible for some of the island's domestic affairs.

  • The Airport: Piarco International (Trinidad); Crown Point International (Tobago).  
  • Capital Port-of-Spain.
  • Area 5,128 sq km (1,980 sq miles).  
  • Population approx: 1,300,000 (2004)

Trinidad and Tobago's National Holidays

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 New Year's Day (01 January); Carnival (Monday and Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday); Eid-ul-Fitr (as decreed); Good Friday; Easter Monday; Spiritual Baptism Liberation Shouter Day (30 March); Corpus Christi; Indian Arrival Day (30 May); Labour Day (19 June); Emancipation Day (01 August); Independence Day (31 August); Republic Day (24 September); Diwali (as decreed); Christmas Day (25 December); Boxing Day (26 December)


National Dish:  Callaloo; Pelau; Roti and Curry

Govt website http://www.gov.tt

Source: www.caricom.org

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