Trinidad and Tobago
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On the February 24th, I landed at Port of Spain in Trinidad. I caught a taxi to my hotel which wasn't more than two miles from the airport. While riding in the taxi, I asked the driver where would be the good place to eat near my hotel. With his Caribbean accent he replied, "Der be a place two er tree blocks from te otel. Ten again dat depends on wat cha like to eat." Though his accent didn't pronounce the letter "h," it was quite understandable. Though English is the country's official language, the people of Trinidad and Tobago are a blend of cultures and ethnic backgrounds.
The island of Trinidad was "discovered" by Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus in 1498. Though the island was first settled by Spain, its control has been shuffled from the British, French, Dutch, and Courlanders, with the Britain gaining final control in 1898; then given its independence on August 31, 1962. The island was a main port for the slave trade throughout these years. Descendants of African slaves and Indian, Chinese, and Portuguese indentured laborers, and immigrants from Syria and Lebanon make up the islands uniquely mixed ethnic culture.
At Par Ma La's Inn, a staff of four awaits my