The World On My Doorstep

An ever-expanding postcard blog

Port of Spain

on January 26, 2014

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From Reinelle in Trinidad comes this card showing Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad and Tobago. The country, situated just off the coast of Venezuela, has a fantastic history, with Trinidad having been settled by the Spanish from 1498 (no surprises there given the name of the capital!) and as such, the name Trinidad comes from the Spanish ‘La Isla de Trinidad’ – the isle of the trinity. In 1797, Trinidad became part of the British Empire, meanwhile Tobago moved consistently between belonging to different colonisers. It wasn’t until 1962 that the country finally gained its independence. Trinidad and Tobago is also the birthplace of calypso and its famous Carnival. I hope I get to visit one day!

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