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Historical Dictionary of Trinidad & Tobago
978-0-8108-3173-5 • Hardback
June 1997 • $148.00 • (£95.00)
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Pages: 698
Size: 6 1/4 x 9
By Michael Anthony
Series: Historical Dictionaries of the Americas
 
History | Reference
Scarecrow Press
The small Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago have been treated as a single political entity for less than one hundred years. A union of two separate colonies started by Great Britain and Spain, each island has a substantially different ethnic makeup reflecting distinct lines of development.

Tobago was first claimed by the English in the 16th century. Overwhelmingly African, its few European influences are almost exclusively English and Protestant. Economically, it has been a plantation colony for most of its recorded history, but in recent years has included tourism as part of its economic structure.

In contrast, Trinidad is an outstanding example of a racial and cultural kaleidoscope, with a considerably diversified economic base made up of agricultural, extractive, manufacturing, tourist, and financial industries. Annexed by the British 200 years ago, this one time Spanish colony was strongly influenced by French creole culture and has become further diversified by immigrants from British India, China, Italy, Lebanon, and the West Indies.

Compiled by Michael Anthony, renowned Trinidadian writer, the Historical Dictionary of Trinidad and Tobago brings together in one volume complete and easy-to-find information on this small but fascinating Caribbean country. Its concise dictionary entries describe the important people, places, events, and institutions of the nation as well as its society, culture, and economy. The comprehensive bibliography provides scholars with an important resource for further information on the islands. Includes maps and a chronology.
Trinidadian by birth, Michael Anthony retired from the National Cultural Council of Trinidad and Tobago in 1988, after sixteen years of service. From the mid-1950s until 1968, he worked at Reuters News Agency in London, first as a teleprinter operator and later as a journalist. He is the author of a total of 21 fiction and nonfiction books. He currently resides in Trinidad, where he is a professional writer.
A comprehensive and detailed reference book about Trinidad & Tobago, running 670 pages of wide-ranging information...intelligently cross-referenced and accompanied by a chronology, a 40-page bibliography and a list of acronyms and abbreviations...will beof great value to anyone requiring information about the country....
Caribbean Insight


...a useful tool for the new student of the islands' histories...much information for the specialist...a welcome addition to the series.
American Reference Books Annual


A comprehensive and detailed reference book about Trinidad & Tobago, running 670 pages of wide-ranging information...intelligently cross-referenced and accompanied by a chronology, a 40-page bibliography and a list of acronyms and abbreviations...will be of great value to anyone requiring information about the country.
Caribbean Insight


 
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