Today in History: In 1962, Trinidad-Tobago Proclaimed Independence as a Commonwealth Realm Until 1976 When a Republic was Proclaimed

The island of Trinidad was a Spanish colony from the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1498 to the capitulation of the Spanish Governor, Don José Maria Chacón, on the arrival of a British fleet of 18 warships on 18 February 1797.

During the same period, the island of Tobago changed hands between Spanish, British, French, Dutch and Courlander colonizers.

Unlike most of the English-speaking Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago’s economy is primarily industrial, with an emphasis on petroleum and petrochemicals.

Trinidad and Tobago is known for its Carnival and is the birthplace of steel pan, calypso,soca, chutney and limbo.


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