Trinidad: Port of Spain

A short flight back to Trinidad from Tobago and we are exploring the country’s capital of Port of Spain. It was founded by the Spanish in 1560 who built a small mid fort here, but only by 1757 did it become the official capital of the Spanish Trinidad and one of the largest urban settlements in the Caribbean. The British invaded and took over in 1797. In 1952, many British possessions in the Caribbean were granted independence and a short-lived Federation of West Indies was formed with Port of Spain as the capital (that federation adventure collapsed 4 years later). Today is a busy, hectic, and somewhat dirty city. The population is only around 80k, nearly 40% is of Indian descent, with large Arab minority as well. Attractions include Queen’s Park Savannah, National Museum, and several churches, but to be honest, there isn’t much to see here.