Trinidad and Tobago: History
Spain colonizes Trinidad and appoints a governor to rule it.
The French capture Tobago from the Spanish and transform it into a sugar-producing colony.
Spain cedes Trinidad to Britain under the Treaty of Amiens.
France cedes Tobago to Britain.
Trinidad and Tobago are administratively combined into one British colony.
Trinidad and Tobago joins the British-sponsored West Indies Federation.
Trinidad and Tobago joins the Organization of American States after leaving the West Indies Federation in 1962.
Other English-speaking Caribbean states join Trinidad and Tobago in forming the Caribbean Free Trade Area, which is later renamed the Caribbean Common Market.
Strikes by workers in the oil, sugar, transport, and electricity industries wreak havoc on the economy.
Trinidad and Tobago becomes a republic.
Plans are announced to close the centuries-old sugar industry.