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Descriptor in English: Trinidad and Tobago
Descriptor in Spanish: Trinidad y Tobago
Descriptor in Portuguese: Trinidad e Tobago
Descriptor in French: Trinité-et-Tobago
Entry term(s): Tobago
Trinidad
Tree number(s): Z01.107.084.900.900
Z01.639.880.900
Scope note: An independent state in the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies, north of Venezuela, comprising the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Its capital is Port of Spain. Both islands were discovered by Columbus in 1498. The Spanish, English, Dutch, and French figure in their history over four centuries. Trinidad and Tobago united in 1898 and were made part of the British colony of Trinidad and Tobago in 1899. The colony became an independent state in 1962. Trinidad was so named by Columbus either because he arrived on Trinity Sunday or because three mountain peaks suggested the Holy Trinity. Tobago was given the name by Columbus from the Haitian tambaku, pipe, from the natives' habit of smoking tobacco leaves. (Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p1228, 1216 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p555, 547)
Allowable Qualifiers: EH ethnology
EP epidemiology
Online Note: use TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO to search TRINIDAD 1966-78
History Note: 79; was TRINIDAD 1966-78
DeCS UI: 14702
Descriptor UI: D014300
Date Established: 1979/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2012/07/03
Trinidad and Tobago - Preferred
Concept UI M0021998
Scope note An independent state in the Lesser Antilles in the West Indies, north of Venezuela, comprising the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Its capital is Port of Spain. Both islands were discovered by Columbus in 1498. The Spanish, English, Dutch, and French figure in their history over four centuries. Trinidad and Tobago united in 1898 and were made part of the British colony of Trinidad and Tobago in 1899. The colony became an independent state in 1962. Trinidad was so named by Columbus either because he arrived on Trinity Sunday or because three mountain peaks suggested the Holy Trinity. Tobago was given the name by Columbus from the Haitian tambaku, pipe, from the natives' habit of smoking tobacco leaves. (Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p1228, 1216 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p555, 547)
Preferred term Trinidad and Tobago
Tobago - Narrower
Concept UI M0021997
Preferred term Tobago
Trinidad - Narrower
Concept UI M0021999
Preferred term Trinidad



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