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Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of.

Off E coast of Venezuela. Area: ca. 1,970 sq. mi. Official language: English; others Fr., Hindi, Spanish. Religions: RC 36%, Hindus 23% Prots. 13%, Muslims 6%. Contacted by Columbus 1498. Changed hands repeatedly. Trinidad Brit. crown colony 1802, Tobago 1877. Slaves, imported under Sp. rule in the 17th and 18th c., were emancipated in the early 1830s. Amalgamated into a single colony 1889. Mem. West Indies Fed. 1958–62. Indep. 1962. RC miss. began with coming of the Spaniards. Others have included Baps., Salv. Army, Seventh-day Adv., Presb., Pentecostal. Prot. community: perhaps ca. 90,000 in the late 1960s.

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