Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Trinidad and Tobago
|What color is the white-edged diagonal band in the flag of Trinidad and Tobago?||Trinidad And Tobago
|What is the name of the successful soccer player from Trinidad and Tobago that is now (2001) playing for British Manchester United?||Trinidad And Tobago
Caroni Swamp. The Caroni Swamp provides an important habitat for the Scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber), one of the national birds of Trinidad and Tobago. It also has significant populations of herons, and is the only location in Trinidad to support a local subspecies of the Straight-Billed Woodcreeper. It is a roosting site for migrant Olivaceous Cormorants, and the edges of the swamp support crakes and bitterns.
Tropical, with a rainy season and a dry season. Well within the tropics, Trinidad and Tobago has a tropical climate with a rainy season from June to December. In Trinidad the annual mean temperature is 26C (79F), and the average maximum temperature is 34C (93F). The humidity is high, particularly during the rainy season, when it averages 85 to 87%. During the dry season, inland parts of Trinidad frequently suffer drought conditions.
|The highest point in Trinidad and Tobago is a peak in the Northern Range of Trinidad which is 940m (3084ft) above sea level. What is the name of this peak?||Calypso Country - Trinidad and Tobago
El Cerro del Aripo. The Northern Range of Trinidad, which is actually part of the Andes Mountains, runs along the northern end of the island. Port of Spain is on the western end of the range. The Asa Wright Nature Centre in the Arima Valley is an important nature resort and scientific research station, known as one of the best birdwatching sites in the Caribbean. The Dragon's Mouth and the Serpent's Mouth are ocean passages between Trinidad and South America.
|Like many Caribbean countries, Trinidad's economy was based on sugar (and later cacao) plantations during the 18th and 19th centuries. In the 20th century, what became the economic mainstay of Trinidad?||Calypso Country - Trinidad and Tobago
petroleum and petrochemicals. Trinidad and Tobago is one of the few Caribbean nations with an industrial economy, centered on the petrochemical industry. At the start of the 21st century, oil and gas accounted for nearly half of its Gross Domestic Product, and over three-quarters of its export income. In 1857, what is said to be the first successful oil well drilling in the world was accomplished at La Brea, Trinidad, striking oil at 280ft (85m). By 1907 major drilling was underway, with the accompanying infrastructure. Estimated oil and gas production in 2005 was 150,000 barrels per day with liquefied natural gas playing an increasingly important role.
|The name of the largest settlement on the island of Tobago always reminds me of a Simon and Garfunkel song with a chorus that went "parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme". What was the name of the fair in the title of that song, which is also the name of Tobago's largest town?||Calypso Country - Trinidad and Tobago
Scarborough. Scarborough, the capital of and largest town on Tobago, has about one third of the island's population. It is connected to Port of Spain by a fast ferry service. Crown Point is the site of the only airport on Tobago. Speyside is a popular diving site, with some of the best coral reefs on the island of Tobago. The popular tourist destination of Pirate's Bay is a 20 minute walk from Charlotteville.
|Trinidad and Tobago gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1962. Its capital city, however, has a name reflecting the important Spanish colonial influence on the islands between 1498 and 1802. What is the name of its capital city?||Calypso Country - Trinidad and Tobago
Port of Spain. Georgetown (Guyana), Kingston (Jamaica) and Havanna (Cuba) are also found in the Caribbean. Port of Spain was an important settlement during the Spanish colonial period, starting from the time when Christopher Columbus landed in Trinidad and renamed it after the Holy Trinity on his third voyage (31 July 1498). He also sighted Tobago, which he referred to as Bellaforma. Port of Spain is the second-largest city of Trinidad, behind the industrial center of San Fernando.
Archipelago. As well as Trinidad, the largest island with 93% of the country's land area, and Tobago (5.8%), there are around 20 other islands in this archipelagic nation, including the Bocas Islands (between Trinidad and Venezuela) and the Five Islands (a group of six islands in the Gulf of Pataria).
Southeastern Caribbean. Trinidad and Tobago is part of the island chain referred to as the Lesser Antilles, which extend along the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea, adjoining the North Atlantic Ocean. Trinidad and Tobago is at the southern end of the chain, just 11 km (6.8 mi) off the coast of South America at the closest point. Geologically, the islands do not belong to the Antilles; Trinidad was once a part of South America, while Tobago is part of a sunken island chain on the Caribbean plate.