Trinidad and Tobago

The two islands of the former UK colony of Trinidad and Tobago are the most southerly of the Caribbean Windward Islands, lying just 9 miles (15 km) off the coast of Venezuela.


Geography:

Both islands are hilly and wooded.

Trinidad has a rugged mountain range in the north, and swamps on its east and west coasts.

Climate:

Tropical, with July–December wet season. 

Escapes the region’s hurricanes, which pass to the north.

People & Society:

Trinidad’s East Indian community is the Caribbean’s largest and holds onto its Muslim and Hindu heritage. 

There are tensions with the mainly Christian blacks; political parties are divided along race lines. 

Blacks form the majority on Tobago. 

High rates of kidnapping and murder are an issue.

Economy:

Oil and natural gas.

Tourism on wildlife-rich Tobago. 

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