20 Interesting Facts about Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago is a tiny nation located in the Caribbean and here are some interesting and fun facts about this unique island republic.

Coat of Arms Trinidad and Tobago

Fun Fact #1
Trinidad and Tobago is the only twin island republic in the world. Both gained independence in 1962 and then became a Republic in 1976. They are two separate islands but are treated as one single country.
Fun Fact #2
The literacy rate is higher than that of the U.S. at 98%..
Fun Fact #3
Trinidad & Tobago is a multi-cultural democracy with people of India, African, French, Dutch, Syrian, Mixed and Asian ancestry. It’s also a melting pot of rich cultures and diverse religious backgrounds.
Fun Fact #4
The currency is the Trinidad & Tobago Dollar (TTD).
Fun Fact #5
Trinidad and Tobago is the only country whose capital city is named after another country: Port of Spain.
Fun Fact #6
The Pitch Lake in Trinidad is the world’s largest natural asphalt deposit covering almost 100 acres 245 feet deep.
Fun Fact #7



Calypso music, steel drum bands and limbo dancing all originated in Trinidad and Tobago. Calypso, a style of Afro-Caribbean music that gained international popularity in the 1950s, primarily through the music of Harry Belafonte. (Day O!)
Fun Fact #8
Until 10,000 years ago, Trinidad and Tobago were both part of the South American mainland.
Fun Fact #9
The original known inhabitants of the island were the Amerindian tribe called Caribs. They were known to be aggressive and fought off many an enemy and even were known to invade other lands. However they were no match for the arrival of the Spanish and their might. They are descendants up to this day of the Amerindian tribes in Trinidad.
Amerindians
Fun Fact #10
The Steelpan: The only new acoustic instrument to be invented and accepted worldwide in the 20th century originated in Trinidad and Tobago.

Fun Fact #11 
Trinidad and Tobago contestant Ms. Janelle “Penny” Commissiong was the first Black Miss Universe in 1977. 
Fun Fact #12
Trinidad and Tobago Carnival has been consistently ranked as one of the top ten Carnival celebrations in the world. It is popularly known as “The Greatest Show on Earth”. The founder of the Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival, Claudia Jones, also hails from Trinidad and Tobago.
Fun Fact #13
The oldest rain-forest reserve in the Western Hemisphere is located in Tobago.
Fun Fact #14
Little Tobago is home to the world’s largest brain coral. Trinidad and Tobago has over 400 species of birds, making it one of the richest birding countries per square mile.
Fun Fact #15
Trinidad and Tobago’s Dr. Joseph Lennox Pawan achieved international acclaim for the discovery of the transmission of the rabies virus by vampire bats. This led to the development of a vaccine for the virus.
Fun Fact #16
On August 1, 1985 Trinidad and Tobago became the world’s first country to declare a public holiday in commemoration of the abolition of slavery.
Fun Fact #17
Trinidad and Tobago is one of the oldest hydrocarbon producers in the world, with commercial production dating as early as 1908. Trinidad and Tobago is also a major petrochemical hub and is the one of the world’s largest exporters of ammonia, ethanol and liquefied natural gas. The two largest methanol plants in the world are found in Trinidad.
Fun Fact #18
The Trinidad Moruga “Scorpion” Pepper has officially been ranked as the world’s hottest pepper by the Guinness Book of Records. (yikes!)

Fun Fact #19
Trinidad and Tobago is home to the world’s largest traffic roundabout around the Queen’s Park Savannah.
Fun Fact #20
The Trinidad accent ranks 10th on the CNN’s top ten sexiest accents in the world. (Yas!)

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