Trinidad & Tobago: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)

October 31, 2020
Trinidad & Tobago: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is comprised of twoCaribbean islands and several islets off the coast of Venezuela.The vast majority of the population live on Trinidad, previously acolony of shifting ownership from Spain to France, Netherlands andEngland. As a melting-pot of multiculturalism, the island explodesinto full expression each February in celebration of Carnival; awelcome-to-all celebration of its ethnic diversity and richcultural history. The originators of calypso, limbo and steelpan,Trinbagonians can be an exhilarating, radiating people – but thepicturesque isle of Tobago remains a contrasting paradisiacalidyll.Trinis, as Trinidadians like to be called, have a history ofslavery and indentured labour, with many of the East Indian andAfrican population brought to work on the islands’ sugarplantations in the 19th century. Today, Trinis are determined tolive their lives as they choose - avoiding the bureaucracy of themodern world and heralding the common sense they see as lacking atthe top. They now have a booming high-income economy reinforced byan abundance of natural resources and a consistently tropicalclimate.With its many and varied traditions, customs, and cultures,Culture Smart! Trinidad and Tobago can help you navigate the codesand paradoxes of Trinbagonian life. It will help you arrive at thePort of Spain and explore Scarborough, Plymouth and Roxboroughthrough the lens of a laid-back Trini.