the larger and more bustling of the country's two main islands; but those looking
to relax should go to the smaller, more relaxed Tobago.
"If Trinidad is the energetic heart of these islands, Tobago is its serene soul," reads the country's main tourist Web site.
Columbus learned of Trinidad during a voyage in 1498. Soon the Spanish colonized Trinidad, and the aboriginal population was virtually wiped out. Tobago was claimed by a number of European countries following Columbus' voyage, and both islands were under British control by 1814.
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Slaves from Africa were brought to Trinidad and Tobago to work the cane fields until the abolition of slavery in the mid-19th century. Many Afro-Trinis began to move to urban areas, and Indians (from South Asia) were brought over to work the fields as indentured slaves.
Trinidad and Tobago gained independence from Britain in 1962. Today about 40% of the population is Indian, 37.5% African and the rest either mixed or of different races. The Afro-Trinis and Indo-Trinis generally live in peace, but politically the two groups are very separate.
In 2004, racial disharmony led to violence in the House of Parliament when Indo-Trini MP Chandresh Sharma referred to Afro-Trini MP Keith Rowley as a racist. Dr. Rowly responded by throwing a teacup at Mr. Sharma in an event that is now referred to as the "teacup brawl."
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The stressful environment of Trinidad might have been getting to both Dr. Rowley and Mr. Sharma. Perhaps they should try going to Tobago to relax.(Michael Kearney, Staff Writer)
1. Tokyo is one of the most bustling cities in the world.
Bustling means …
a. big and dangerous.
b. interesting and thoughtful.
c. quiet and slow.
d. exciting and lively.
2. Orchid Island is a very serene place.
Serene means …
a. never discovered.
b. unaffected by disturbances.
d. small and clean.
3. African Americans still faced a great deal of discrimination following abolition.
Abolition is …
a. doing away with something (especially slavery).
b. reinstating something (especially slavery).
c. ending something (especially drug use).
d. redoing something (especially drug use).
4. Many indentured slaves died from disease before they had served their full contract and could be freed.
An indentured slave is …
a. a person bound to work for another by contract.
b. a person who works for another under poor working conditions.
c. a person who works for very low pay.
d. a person forced to work in the family business.
ANSWERS: 1. d 2. b 3. a 4. a
Caribbean beats rumbling through the streets reveal the importance of music to life in Trinidad and Tobago, home of calypso, soca and the steel pan.
Calypso was invented at the start of the 20th century. It developed out of music used by Afro-Trinis who, not allowed to speak to one another, had to communicate through song.
Soca is a kind of dance music formed by adding persistent beats to calypso music. It mirrors the islands' two major ethnicities by combining Afro-Trini calypso music with Indian rhythms.
The steel pan was invented in the 1930s by Afro-Trinis who were desperate to express themselves through music but didn't have the money to purchase musical instruments. Using old steel drums, they invented an instrument that is now played around the world.
ABOUT TRIN. AND TOB. 國家概況
Size: 5,128km2. Taiwan is about seven times the size of Trinidad and Tobago.
Location: the Caribbean
Border countries: none, but it's northeast of Venezuela
Capital: Port of Spain
Languages: English (official), Caribbean Hindustani, French, Spanish and Chinese
Government: parliamentary democracy
Currency: 1 Trinidad and Tobago dollar is about NT$5.26
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