As a member of CARICOM, Trinidad and Tobago strongly backed efforts by the United States to bring political stability to Haiti, contributing personnel to the Multinational Force in 1994. In 1995, Trinidad played host to the inaugural meeting of the Association of Caribbean States and has become the seat of this 35-member grouping, which seeks to further economic progress and integration among its states.In international forums, Trinidad and Tobago has defined itself as having an independent voting record, but often supports US and EU positions. In 1967, it became the first Commonwealth country to join the Organization of American States (OAS). After its 1962 independence, Trinidad and Tobago joined the United Nations and Commonwealth of Nations.
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By 1797, the population of Port of Spain had increased from under 3,000 to 10,422 in five years, and consisted of people of mixed race, Spaniards, Africans, French republican soldiers, retired pirates and French nobility. The total population of Trinidad was 17,718, of which 2,151 were of European ancestry, 4,476 were "free blacks and people of colour", 10,009 were enslaved people and 1,082 Amerindians. Trinidad's population jumped to over 15,000 by the end of 1789, from just under 1,400 in 1777.
Dragonboat is also another water-sport that has been rapidly growing over the years. Introduced in 2006 the fraternity made consistent strides in having more members apart of the TTDBF(Trindad and Tobago Dragonboat Federation) as well as performing on an international level such as the 10th IDBF World Nations Dragon Boat Championships in Tampa, USA 2011.
However, by the late 20th century the population growth rate was moderating, the result of increased use of family-planning methodswith resulting declines in fertility and birth ratesand emigration from the islands. By 1921 that figure had more than tripled. The first census of Trinidad and Tobago, in 1851, recorded a relatively small population of roughly 70,000. This was offset somewhat by considerable immigration to Trinidad from the Lesser Antilles and Guyana.
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It became a republic in 1976. The capital of Trinidad and Tobago is Port of Spain, located on the northwestern coast of Trinidad. Trinidad and Tobago achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1962 and obtained membership in the Commonwealth and the United Nations that same year.
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Large natural gas reserves off the coasts of Trinidad and Tobago are also exploited. In addition to the large quantity of natural asphalt in Pitch Lake, Trinidad also has deposits of coal, gypsum, limestone, sand and gravel, iron ore, argillite, and fluorspar. Liquefied natural gas is a major export commodity. Although oil production has declined from its peak in the late 1970s, both oil and natural gas contribute substantially to the countrys economy. Commercial petroleum drilling began in the early 20th century on Trinidad, and oil production subsequently expanded to offshore exploration as well.
The various councils are made up of a mixture of elected and appointed members. The island of Tobago is governed by the Tobago House of Assembly. Elections are due to be held every three years, but have not been held since 2003, four extensions having been sought by the government. Trinidad is split into 14 regional corporations and municipalities, consisting of 9 regions and 5 municipalities, which have a limited level of autonomy.
Trinidad and Tobago, in an effort to undergo economic transformation through diversification, formed InvesTT in 2012 to serve as the country's sole investment promotion agency.
There are extensive port facilities at Point Lisas. Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and Crown Point International Airport in Tobago have interisland connections and links to elsewhere in the Caribbean, North and South America, and western Europe. The islands are served by a fairly well-developed network of highways and main and local roads, but there is heavy congestion in urban areas. State-owned shipping lines and airline services connect Tobago to Trinidad. Port of Spain is the chief commercial port; petroleum exports are handled in ports in the south, such as Point Fortin, Pointe--Pierre, and Brighton.
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In 1889, with the islands economy in shambles as a result of the collapse of its sugar industry, Tobago was amalgamated with Trinidad, while retaining a subordinate legislature and separate taxes. Tobago, also sighted by Columbus in 1498, did not have any permanent European settlement until the 18th century. In this way the united colony of Trinidad and Tobago was created. In 1899 Tobago became a ward (administrative district) of Trinidad and Tobago. Tobago had its own bicameral legislature until 1874. Tobagos sugar production peaked in the 1790s but began an irreversible decline after 1807. Its development as a sugar colony began when it was ceded to Britain in 1763 and continued throughout the period from 1763 to 1814, during which time Tobago changed hands between Britain and France several times. Tobago was ceded to Britain for the last time in 1814, but by then its importance as a sugar-exporting colony had already begun to wane.
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In 1976, the country became a republic within the Commonwealth, though it retained the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council as its final appellate court. Between the years 1972 and 1983, the republic profited greatly from the rising price of oil, as the oil-rich country increased its living standards greatly.
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The collapse of Trinidad's major agricultural commodities, followed by the Depression, and the rise of the oil economy, led to major changes in the country's social structure. By the 1950s, petroleum had become a staple in Trinidad's export market, and was responsible for a growing middle class among all sections of the Trinidad population. Petroleum had been discovered in 1857, but became economically significant only in the 1930s and afterwards, as a result of the collapse of sugarcane and cocoa, and increasing industrialisation.
Trinidads Northern Range hasendless hiking trails leading to epic waterfalls andequally stunning natural pools. One such trail is3 Pools in the coastal village of Blanchisseuse.The river collects in three basins creating asequence of magical natural pools.
The island of Trinidad is served by Piarco International Airport located in Piarco. The North Terminal was completed in 2001, and consists of 14-second-level aircraft gates with jetways for international flights, two ground-level domestic gates and 82 ticket counter positions. The airport consists of two terminals, the North Terminal and the South Terminal. It was opened on 8 January 1931. Elevated at 17.4 metres (57ft) above sea level it comprises an area of 680 hectares (1,700 acres) and has a runway of 3,200 metres (10,500ft). The older South Terminal underwent renovations in 2009 for use as a VIP entrance point during the 5th Summit of the Americas.