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How did Trinidad get its name?
Name. The original name for the island in the Arawaks’ language was Iëre which meant “Land of the Hummingbird”. Christopher Columbus renamed it La Isla de la Trinidad (‘The Island of the Trinity’), fulfilling a vow he had made before setting out on his third voyage. This has since been shortened to Trinidad.
When was Trinidad founded?
August 31, 1962
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Who named Trinidad and Tobago?
Christopher Columbus landed on Trinidad, which he named for the Holy Trinity, in 1498 and found a land quietly inhabited by the Arawak and Carib Indians.
Who colonized Trinidad and Tobago?
It was colonized by the Spanish in 1592. It continued under Spanish rule until 1797, when it was captured by the British.
Who was the first person to Discover Trinidad and Tobago?
Trinidad and Tobago was “discovered” in 1498, when the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus landed on our shores. In reality, we were already “found” and occupied by the indigenous Amerindian tribes of the Arawaks and Caribs. Trinidad remained in the hands of the Spanish from the 15th Century.
When did Columbus discover the island of Trinidad?
31.07. Columbus discovers the Caribbean island of Trinidad (1498) On July 31, 1498, Christopher Columbus first reached the island of Trinidad, one of the largest and southernmost of the Caribbean islands. The word Trinidad in Spanish means Trinity, referring to the Holy Trinity, extremely important in Christianity.
What did the Amerindians call the island of Trinidad?
Arawak and Carib Indians prospered here on the island the Amerindians called Ieri, land of the Humming Bird, until Columbus spotted the island he named for the Holy Trinity. When the Spaniards discovered no precious metals on Trinidad, the Amerindians were enslaved and shipped off to work on other Caribbean settlements.
When was the first European settlement in Trinidad?
When the Spaniards discovered no precious metals on Trinidad, the Amerindians were enslaved and shipped off to work on other Caribbean settlements. Nearly a century would pass before Spain established Trinidad’s first European community, San Jose de Oruna (St Joseph), which was sacked and burnt by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1595.