Been There – Trinidad & Tobago

Starbucks Been There – Trinidad & Tobago is a mug for the southernmost island country in the Caribbean. It consists of two main islands, Trinidad and Tobago, of course, and many smaller ones. During the centuries of colonization, it has been under the rule and influence of numerous European countries: Spain and Britain and to a smaller extent France and the Netherlands. The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago became independent in 1962.
Interesting fact: unlike other Caribbean countries, which rely heavily on tourism, the economy of Trinidad & Tobago is primarily industrial with an emphasis on petroleum and petrochemicals thanks to its large reserves of oil and natural gas.
From the mug:
– The Red House is the seat of Parliament of the country. The original building was destroyed in the fire of 1903 (during water riots) and was later rebuilt in the year 1907.
– Steelpans a.k.a. steel drums is a musical instrument originating from Trinidad & Tobago. These are now a major part of the Trinidadian music. The musicians who play these instruments are called pannists.
– President’s House was once the home of Governor Ralph Woodford and a part of a huge sugar plantation. It now serves as the official and private residence of the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago with awards ceremonies, receptions, and events taking place here.
– The Galera Point (Toco) Lighthouse was built in 1897 and is only serving as touristic attraction now.

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