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   Trinidad and Tobago

Introduction:
First colonized by the Spanish, the islands came under British control in the early 19th century. The islands' sugar industry was hurt by the emancipation of the slaves in 1834. Manpower was replaced with the importation of contract laborers from India between 1845 and 1917, which boosted sugar production as well as the cocoa industry. The discovery of oil on Trinidad in 1910 added another important export. Independence was attained in 1962. The country is one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas production and processing. Tourism, mostly in Tobago, is targeted for expansion and is growing.


Official name: Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Capital: name: Port-of-Spain
geographic coordinates: 10 39 N, 61 31 W
time difference: UTC-4 (1 hour ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Government type: parliamentary democracy
Population: 1,056,608 (July 2007 est.)
Languages: English (official), Caribbean Hindustani (a dialect of Hindi), French, Spanish, Chinese
Official Currency: Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TTD)

Current Trinidad and Tobago Dollar Exchange Rates
Historical Trinidad and Tobago Dollar Exchange Rates
Chart Trinidad and Tobago Dollar Exchange Rates
Currency code: TTD
Area: total: 5,128 sq km
land: 5,128 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Climate: tropical; rainy season (June to December)


Map of Trinidad and Tobago
map of Trinidad and Tobago


Facts at a Glance: Geography - People - Government - Economy - Communications - Transportation - Military - Climate - Current Time - Ranking Positions - Trinidad and Tobago Dollar Exchange Rates
Notes and Commentary: People - Economy - Government and Political Conditions - Foreign Relations - Relations with U.S.



Facts at a Glance
Geography
People
Government
Economy
Communications
Transportation
Military
Climate
Current Time
Ranking Positions
Trinidad and Tobago Dollar Exchange Rates


Notes and Commentary
People
Economy
Government and Political Conditions
Foreign Relations
Relations with U.S.





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