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Trinidad & Tobago and The Caribbean

Claimed by Columbus for Spain, Trinidad was a forgotten Spanish colony for three hundred years. Native Amerindians died upon contact with European diseases, were forcibly exported to the mainland to work in mines, and those who... Read more

The People

The original inhabitants of Trinidad migrated from the Orinoco River delta region of northeastern South America and probably spoke an Arawakan language. It seems likely that by the time the Spanish established a presence there in the 16th century, there was also a population of Cariban speakers... Read more

The Culture

Trinidad and Tobago is the home of Caribbean Carnival. It is also the home of calypso and soca, the music which fuel the Carnival, the steel pan, which evolved in Port of Spain in the 1930s, and the limbo, a dance symbolizing “the crossing over”... Read more


A member of a hereditary caste among the peoples of western Africa whose function is to keep an oral history of the tribe or village and to entertain with stories, poems, songs, dances, etc. Known as a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet, or musician, the griot is a repository of oral tradition and is often seen as a leader due to his or her position as an advisor to royal personages.

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