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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. The...
Government: Trinidad and Tobago is a unitary state, with a parliamentary democracy modeled after that of Great Britain. Although completely independent, Trinidad and Tobago acknowledged the British monarch as the figurehead chief of state from 1962 until 1976. In 1976 the country adopted a republican Constitution, replacing Queen Elizabeth with a president elected by Parliament. The general direction and ...
International Relations: Relations with the UK
Bilateral relations are in excellent shape, consolidated by a steady stream of high-level visits. Jeremy Browne MP, Minister of State for the FCO, met with Trinidad and Tobago Foreign Minister, Dr. Surujrattan Rambachan during the UK-Caribbean Ministerial Forum held in Grenada in 2012.
Visits from the UK
Jeremy Browne MP, Minister of State for the FCO, visited in January 2012
The Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales, Keir Starmer, visited in October 2011
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