Definitions for Trinidadˈtrɪn ɪˌdæd
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an island in the SE West Indies, off the NE coast of Venezuela: formerly a British colony, now part of Trinidad and Tobago. 1,198,000; 1864 sq. mi. (4828 sq. km).
Category: Geography (places)
Trin`i•da′di•an-ˈdeɪ di ən, -ˈdæd i-(adj.; n.)
an island in West Indies just off the northeastern coast of Venezuela
An island of the Caribbean and part of Trinidad and Tobago.
Origin: trinidad, named after the Holy Trinity by Columbus to fulfill a religious vow.
Trinidad is the larger and more populous of the two major islands and numerous landforms which make up the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. It is the southernmost island in the Caribbean and lies just 11 km off the northeastern coast of Venezuela. With an area of 4,768 km² it is also the fifth largest in the West Indies. Many believe the original name for the island in the Arawaks' language was "Iëre" which meant "Land of the Humming Bird". Although there are indeed many hummingbird species in Trinidad and these birds might have had some spiritual significance to native peoples, some believe that "Iere" was actually a mispronunciation/corruption by early colonists of the Arawak word "Kairi" which simply means "Island". Christopher Columbus renamed it "La Isla de la Trinidad", fulfilling a vow he had made before setting out on his third voyage of exploration.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the largest of the Windward Islands, and most southerly of the Antilles (q. v.), lies off the mouth of the Orinoco, 7 m. from the coast of Venezuela; is of great fertility, with a hot, humid, but not unhealthy climate; sugar, coffee, tobacco, and cocoa are the chief exports; a source of great wealth is a wonderful pitch lake which, despite the immense quantities annually taken from it, shows no perceptible diminution; inhabitants are mainly French; taken by the British in 1797, and forms, with Tobago, a crown colony; capital, Port of Spain.
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