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Trinidad and Tobago
Transcript of Trinidad and Tobago
By: Grace Williams
Trinidad and Tobago is located in the southern Caribbean lying just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela while Tobago (Trinidad's 'sister' island) is to the north east of Trinidad.
Trinidad and Tobago has a tropical climate. Unlike Canada, Trinidad and Tobago has only 2 seasons, rainy and dry. The dry season occurs around January to May while the rainy season is from June to December. Sometimes during the rainy seasons there may be some hurricanes.
Most of Trinidadians and Tobagonians are black and East Indian.They have a lot of different people from different places. Some examples are Spanish, European, Chinese, Syrians, Indian, African and Lebanonese
Trinidad and Tobago has an approximate population of 1.3 million people.
Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is held on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, and is well know for its participants colorful costumes and celebrations. Some celebrations are king and queen of carnival, Calypso Competitions and Kiddie Carnival. The king and queen of Carnival is the Woman and Man with the best costume. Kiddie's carnival is when children from three to fifteen get to play carnival and jump up. Alot of schools have what's called a jump up where the class with the best costume wins while they jump up to soca music.
Trinidad and Tobago has lots of unique and tasty dishes. Its a blend of Indian, European, African, Creole and Chinese.
Some foods are curry, roti, pigeon peas, black cake, doubles, phulourie, bake and shark, okra, callaloo, flying fish, macaroni pie, fried plantain and pepper pot. One very special dessert is guava cheese. Beverages are chubby (which is a soft drink), mauby, sorrel and ginger beer.
The Steel Pan
Steel pans also known as steel drums were invented in Trinidad and Tobago. It was invented in the 1930s and it is the only musical instrument to be invented in the 20th century. Panorama is an annual steel pan competition to choose which band plays the best music. It is usually held around Carnival time.
Trinidad and Tobago's music is called Soca. It is the modern form of Calypso Music. Soca is a very jumpy kind of music. It plays around carnival time. Some soca artists are Machel Montano and Kes de Band.
Trinidad and Tobago is a Republic. The head of state is the President who is George Maxwell Richards. The Prime Minister is Mrs. Kamla Persad Bissessar. Elections are held every 5 years. There are 2 main political parties, The People's National Movement and the United National Congress.
Trinidad and Tobago's Language is English. Spanish and French are taught in high school.
Oil and Gas production is the major industry of Trinidad and Tobago. The total exports was 11 billion in 2010 which oil and gas was 9 billion of that and other exports was 2 billion. Other industries are Asphalt, Iron, Steel, Agriculture- Cocoa, Coconut (coconut oil) Sugar cane and rum.
Trade between Canada and Trinidad began in the 19oo when Britian ruled Canada and Trinidad and Tobago. Newfoundland codfish and New Brunswick sardines were the principal exports from Canada. Boats going the other direction carried sugar, molasses, rum, cocoa, and asphalt from Trinidad and Tobago.
Trade between Canada and Trinidad and Tobago.
Nowadays, Merchandise exports totalled $270 million and included mineral ores- Asphalt, machinery, paper and paperboard, copper, electrical and electronic equipment and vegetables. Imports to Canada from Trinidad and Tobago totaled $342 million and included organic chemicals, iron and steel, and inorganic chemicals. Cans of New Brunswick sardines and salted codfish are still found in the local supermarkets.
More about trade
The Royal Bank of Canada and Scotiabank are two of the largest
banks in Trinidad and Tobago. Methanex of Vancouver owns one of the largest
methanol plants on the island. Some small Canadian oil and gas
companies explore for oil and gas in Trinidad.
Interesting Facts about Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad was named by Christopher Columbus, who discovered this island during his third voyage to the New World in 1498.
Janelle Commissiong, the first black Miss Universe, is a Trinidadian, and was crowned in 1977.
Little Tobago is home to the world’s largest brain coral that measures up to 10 ft by 16 ft.
Some tourist attractions are Maracus Bay, Caroni Swamp,
Pitch lake,Temple of the sea, Bamboo Cathedral and Pigeon Point in Tobago.