Trinidad and Tobago

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TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO form the third-largest British Commonwealth country in the West Indies. The islands, situated off the Orinoco Delta in northeastern Venezuela, are the most southerly of the Lesser Antilles group.

Trinidad consists of a mountain range in the north and undulating plains in the south. It has a vast, asphalt-producing lake, Pitch Lake, which is approximately 42 hectares or 104 acres in size. Tobago is a mountain that is about 550 meters or 1,800 feet above sea level at its peak.

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The climate is tropical with little varia­tion in temperature throughout the year and a rainy season from June to December.

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Trinidad is one of the oldest oil-producing countries in the world. Output is small but provides 90 percent of Trinidad’s exports. Sugar cane, cocoa beans, citrus fruits, vegetables, and rubber trees are grown for shipping, but imports of food now account for 10 percent of total imports. Tobago depends mainly on tourism for revenue.

A slump in the economy in the 1980s and early 1990s saw widespread unemployment, but economic growth has improved in recent times.

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