Trinidad and Tobago

General Information, Facts and Statistics

General Information

The BBC country profiles include links to relevant BBC coverage, newspapers, radio stations, TV channels and an online country timeline giving a survey of key events. Update information provided.

The U.S. Department of State offers a comprehensive country profile on Trinidad and Tobago. This site focuses on implications for US/US policy.

Portals to the World is a service by the Library of Congress (LOC). The site provides collections of annotated website links for every nation as selected by LOC experts. Links are to both government sites as well as outside servers.

Link collection, part of the Latin American Information Network (LANIC) mega-site maintained by the University of Texas (Austin).

The searchable version of the ‘Library of Congress Handbook of Latin American Studies’ is the mayor source forbibliography of books and articles concerning Guyana. Essential guide to academic resources, includes annotations. Updated annually (alternates between humanities and social sciences).

Sandra W. Meditz and Dennis M. Hanratty, editors. Caribbean Islands: A Country Study. Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress, 1987.


Official websites on Trinidad and Tobago

Das Auswärtige Amt bietet Länderinformationen über Trinidad und Tobago, gibt Reise- und Sicherheitshinweise sowie informiert über die Wirtschaftslage und Wirtschaftsstruktur des Landes.

The official website of Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago offers a general profile of the country  with information on national icons, emblems, holidays and the system of government.

The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago has been instrumental in the development of the Trinidad and Tobago financial system. It aims to foster economic growth and development through sound and effective monetary management.


Facts and Statistics

The Country Indicator for Foreign Policy (CIFP) project represents an on-going effort to identify and assemble statistical information conveying the key features of the political, economic, social and cultural environments of countries around the world. Maintained by Carleton University (Canada).

The International Data Base (IDB) contains statistical tables of demographic and socio-economic data for 227 countries and areas of the world. Output is displayed in charts and graphs, but can also be modified individually for use in spreadsheets etc. Maintained by the US Census Bureau.

The CIA World Factbook is a reliable, much-quoted resource on basic country statistics. Date of last update is given.

Geography and Maps


Detailed mapsof Trinidad and Tobago (with Port of Spain and Scarborough).

The Perry Castañeda Library Map Collection offers a comprehensive collection of maps in various formats (political, thematic, relief, etc.). Maintained by the University of Texas (Austin).

Embassy World provides a collection of maps of various countries including Trinidad and Tobago.

The Maps of World site provides both maps of Trinidad and Tobago and basic information on the country.


Geography, Climate, Geology

Sandra W. Meditz and Dennis M. Hanratty, editors. Caribbean Islands: A Country Study. Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress, 1987. Includes information on Trinidad and Tobago's Geographyand the Caribbean Geographical Setting.

The Guardian Life Wildlife Fund supports projects and institutions that preserve endangered wildlife and natural, indigenous heritage. It includes a Basic Wildlife Resources Fact Sheet on the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

News and Media


Newsday - daily

Trinidad Guardian - daily

Trinidad and Tobago Express - daily

Trinidad Newsday - daily



i95.5 FM - news, talk

CaribPlanet - portal to Caribbean music. Includes background information on reggae, ska, soca, calypso and their origins.

Caribbean Hot 30 - Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Hip Hop and Dancehall song

Rastamusic - Reggae



TV6 - private, owned by Caribbean Communications Network (CCN)

C Television - state-owned, run by Caribbean New Media Group

Gayelle - private

NCC TV - operated by National Carnival Commission


General Media Information / Web Portals

One Caribbean Media Limited (OCM) is the largest and most diversified media organisation in the Caribbean region with businesses in Newspapers, Radio, Television and Internet and New Media.  OCM operates in Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia,Trinidad and Tobago.

The Trinidad and Tobago Newspaper and News Media Guide provides access to newspapers, TV channels and radio stations.

The ‘BBC Caribbean’ provides news concerning the Caribbean and a variety of audio programs.

This online portal provides links to various Caribbean News Sources.

News site, compiling news from a very wide range of different sources, allowing users to quickly and easily find targeted news on the Internet.

Politics, Society and Culture

Political and Legal Situation

The Political Database of the Americas is a non-governmental Internet-based project that provides reference materials, primary documents, comparative studies and statistical data for countries in the Western Hemisphere. Maintained by Georgetown University.

The Guide to Law Online by the U.S. Law Library of Congress is an annotated compendium of online sources for legal information including selected links to primary documents, legal commentary, and general government information about specific jurisdictions and topics.

Political is an index of political sites available on the Internet, sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media.

Wikipedia has an extensive list of political parties in Trinidad and Tobago.


Human Rights Situation

Human Rights Watch offers frequent reports on human rights issues in each country.

The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices offers a detailed overview of the human rights situation in each country from 1993 onwards. Submitted annually to Congress by the US Department of State.



Countries and Their Cultures focuses on cultures and countries around the world. Entries contain descriptive summaries of the country in question, including demographic, historical and cultural information.

This website documents the cultural and sports history of Trinidad & Tobago from the 20th century onward. Includes background information on the afro-caribbean music style calypso and the development of steelbands.



The BBC Country Profiles offer a timeline on each country's history.

History of Nations is based on information from the US Department of State and highlights each nation's history.

Wikipedia's History of Trinidad and Tobago.

Sandra W. Meditz and Dennis M. Hanratty, editors. Caribbean Islands: A Country Study. Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress, 1987. Includes information on the

Historical and Cultural Setting,

The European SettlementsThe Colonial Period,

The Sugar Revolutions and Slavery and on

Political Independence.


Slavery and Slave Trade

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record‘ is a collection of 1,000 images depicting Atlantic slavery. Images cover a broad geographic range, with the majority from West and West Central Africa, the English and French Caribbean, Brazil, and the United States. Engravings, paintings, portraits, photographs and punishment devices. Search engine provided.

'Slave Resistance: A Caribbean Study' is a historical overview of issues related to slavery and resistance, including a section on Jamaican Maroons. Site developed by students at the University of Miami and includes a series of student essays.


Colonial Period

‘Caribbean Views’ presents a collection of high quality visual images (thumbnail, large and zoomable images) and texts housed in the British Library in London, representing contrasting views of life in the British colonies in the Caribbean during the 18th and 19th century. Texts include almanacs, journals, travel narratives, personal narratives of former slaves, abolitionist tracts, and occasional letters and wills. Visual images include maps and pictures published in books, as well as lithographs and paintings.

Empire Online is an exciting collection of original documents relating to Empire Studies, sourced from libraries and archives around the world. Each Section features thematic essays by leading scholars in the field of Empire Studies. (Access only via university network or vpn client)

The Making of the Modern World: full text database providing access to a myriad of historical documents, mostly related to economic and colonial history. (Access only via university network or vpn client)


Native American History

Race and History provides an article by Paul Barton on black civilizations of ancient America. The author is convinced of the presence of black civilizations in this part of the world at a very early stage in human history. 

KACIKE: Journal of Caribbean Amerindian History and Anthropology offers articles dedicated to correct the long standing impression that Caribbean Amerindians were either irrelevant to the making of the modern societies and cultural formations found in the Caribbean basin, merely mute witnesses to history, or that they have been altogether absent in post-colonial Caribbean history.


The University of Trinidad and Tobago

The University of the West Indies



The Caribbean Studies Centre (London) was established in 2002, building on the success of the longstanding programme in Caribbean Studies offered by the University, the only such programme on offer in the UK.

Site of the ‘The Society For Caribbean Studies’ (SCS) providing access to online publications of selected papers (PDF format) from the SCS annual conference and Northern Research Seminars. Papers cover historical and cultural aspects. The website also provides an extensive list of Caribbean links.

This searchable version of the ‘Library of Congress Handbook of Latin American Studies’ is one of the major aggregators for links to a wide variety of subjects for Trinidad and Tobago and an essential guide to academic resources. Updated annually (alternates between humanities and social sciences).

Religions, Languages and Art


‘A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters’ (Calabash) is an international literary journal dedicated to publishing works encompassing, but not limited to, the Anglophone, Francophone, Hispanophone and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. Contributions are subdivided into poetry, fiction, non-fiction and come in PDF format. Maintained by the New York University.

Ethnic Groups

Native population

The Caribbean Amerindian Centerlink (CAC) is the only resource that seeks to gather and organise all possible sites about and by Caribbean Amerindians' and publishes two magazines (Issues in Caribbean Amerindian Studies, Kacike: The Journal of Caribbean Amerindian History and Anthropology). The site contains full-text versions of historical books/documents Update information provided.

Race and History provides an article by Kim Johnson called "The story of the 'Caribs and Arawaks'".

The Santa Rosa Carib Community of Arima, Trinidad, has launched this website with articles, documents and general information on the Carib community. Visitors should note that the materials on this website are mostly about the Carib Community rather than by the Carib Community itself.

KACIKE: Journal of Caribbean Amerindian History and Anthropology
offers articles dedicated to correct the long standing impression that Caribbean Amerindians were either irrelevant to the making of the modern societies and cultural formations found in the Caribbean basin, merely mute witnesses to history, or that they have been altogether absent in post-colonial Caribbean history.