Head of State
Her Excellency Paula-Mae Weekes,
President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Head of Government
The Honourable Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley,
Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Caribbean islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela 110 N Latitude and 610 W Longitude. Just outside the usual path of hurricanes and other tropical storms.
Tropical climate with a rainy season from June to December.
In Trinidad, the capital city is Port of Spain and in Tobago, the capital city is Scarborough.
Trinidad: 4,828 sq km (1,864 sq miles)
Tobago: 300 sq km (116 sq miles)
Trinidad and Tobago dollar (TTD).
International credit cards and Traveller’s Cheques are widely accepted.
English is the official language; however, some of the populace can be heard speaking Hindi, French, Spanish or Chinese.
Trinidad and Tobago is a multiethnic and religiously diverse country.
Some of the major beliefs include Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.
Key dates in history
1498 Arrival of Columbus on an island known to Amerindians as `Iere” (land of the Humming Bird). Renamed Trinidad by Columbus for the three hills sighted from the sea; Tobago also sighted by Columbus; name derived from the corruption of the word `tobacco’, planted by Amerindians on the island
1592 First European settlement by Spain
1783 Spain grants permission to French-speaking Roman Catholics to settle
1797 Captured by Britain from Spain
1802 Tobago finally ceded to Britain by France
1888 Administrative union of Tobago and Trinidad
1937 Violent labour unrest leads to several deaths
1958 Joined West Indies Federation
1962 Independence achieved. Dr. Eric Williams, first Prime Minister
1970 Black power demonstrations and army mutiny
1976 Republican Status, Sir Ellis Clarke, first President
1990 Attempted coup foiled