Columbus found Trinidad Island on July 31, 1498. Christopher Columbus found the island of Trinidad (Trinity) on July 31st, 1498, during the third journey across the Atlantic on six ships, named in honor of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. This is how he described it in his diary: "On Sunday last [July 31st] we saw a high mountain ahead of us...It seemed to be almost a perfect sphere." He went on to name the island Trindade e Tarrafesso (Trinidad and Tobago).
Trinidad is the largest of the three islands that make up the country of Trinidad and Tobago. It is also the most populous with about 1.3 million people. The capital city of Trinidad is Port-of-Spain, which is located on an island itself. It has been called the Miami of the West because of its beautiful beaches and warm weather all year round!
The first Europeans to visit Trinidad were Spanish explorers who arrived here looking for gold, silver, and other valuable materials. One of these men was Juan de la Cosa who sailed into the harbor of San Fernando on April 2nd, 1513. After leaving Spain on a ship called the Santa María, he spent several months in Cuba exploring before heading south to Brazil. From there, he continued on to Venezuela where he met with some failures before deciding not to continue with his expedition.
On his third expedition, Columbus found Trinidad and Tobago in 1498. The Arawak Indians lived in Trinidad before being massacred by early European immigrants. The Spanish colonized it in 1592. It remained under Spanish control until 1797, when it was taken over by the British. In 1801, it became a part of Great Britain. In 1962, it joined with Venezuela to form a new country called Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad's first royal governor was Hernando de Soto, who arrived with Columbus' crew. The Arawaks received them well but then killed them all except for one boy who was raised by the tribe. The only record we have of this event is written by De Soto himself. He called the island "Terra del Rey Don Fernando." ("Land of King Don Fernando.")
After Spain became bankrupt, France took control of Trinidad in 1713. They abandoned their occupation after only eight years because there were too many problems with slavery and colonialism. The British then took over Trinidad and they too had problems with slavery that led to them giving up their hold on the island in 1814.
Following its independence from Britain in 1962, Trinidad and Tobago became a republic and has been so ever since.
Nowadays, Trinidad is known for its carnival celebrations, music, and movies.
When the Italian adventurer Christopher Columbus arrived on our beaches in 1498, Trinidad and Tobago was "discovered." In actuality, the indigenous Amerindian tribes of the Arawaks and Caribs had already "discovered" and colonized us. Trinidad was under Spanish control from the 15th century. Tobago came under British rule in 1656.
The first written reference to both islands comes from a letter by Columbus' son Diego who wrote that his father had "discoveried" a great land filled with gold mines that he called Guanaja. Today's experts are divided over whether or not this letter was actually sent by Diego Columbus. Some claim it was a fake written by the author of another letter published years later when Diego Columbus was famous and could have been used as propaganda. Others say there is no evidence of any kind that can prove or disprove if this letter was really written by him.
Despite these doubts, this "letter" made Trinidad and Tobago famous all over Europe so people started calling them "the new Indies."
A few months after the "letter" was published, Diego Columbus sailed into port at San Juan (Puerto Rico) with two ships full of gold coins. This was considered such an amazing sight that people started calling Puerto Rico "the new Indias."
Tobago's known history extends back to the late 15th century, when Columbus first glimpsed the island on his third expedition to the region. In 1498, he landed in neighboring Trinidad and soon began about seizing these two islands. However, the invasion ended in disaster after most of the crew was killed by Indians on the islands. Thereafter, neither Trinidad nor Tobago entered into European history again for more than three centuries.
Columbus returned to Trinidad and Tobago in 1503 with a new crew and ship that he had taken from Spain. This time, he brought news of King Ferdinand's death and the arrival of the king's brother, Henry VII, who was looking for new territories to conquer. Knowing this, Columbus decided to stay in the islands instead of going back to Spain. He established himself in San Juan, on the island of Trinidad, and began to farm with the help of his men. Within a few years, he had built several houses and planted sugar cane on the island. He also married Ana Garcia de Espinoza, the daughter of a wealthy Spanish merchant. With this marriage, he hoped to secure his own fortune and status in the New World.
About fifteen years later, in May 1508, Christopher Columbus' son Diego arrived in the New World. Upon seeing his father's house destroyed and his mother dead, young Diego went back home to Spain to tell his story.
On August 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed sail from Spain in search of a new path to Asia. On October 12, more than two months later, he landed on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas. The Caribbean was not discovered by Christopher Columbus. It had been previously visited by several Europeans.
The first confirmed European sighting of what is now known as the Bahamas was by John Cabot aboard the galleon "San Juan" on June 24, 1497. He claimed it for England and called it New Forest after one of his ships.
The Spanish also have claims to the islands dating back to 1493 when they settled Santa Maria del Rosario in what is now Puerto Rico. But despite these claims, there is no evidence that anyone else made any further settlements in the region until 1505 when Ferdinand Magellan reached what is now Trinidad.
In conclusion, the Caribbean did not belong to any single country or group of people before the arrival of Europeans. They were part of the larger continent of North America that was discovered by Europeans.
In 1498, Christopher Columbus landed on Trinidad, which he called after the Holy Trinity, and discovered a place peacefully inhabited by the Arawak and Carib Indians. He believed that it was India that stood in the way of reaching China by land, so he decided to sail south instead. However, due to bad weather, his crew became sick and died one by one, leaving him alone with only two men. Fearing for his life, Columbus headed east, toward South America.
The Arawaks and Cariabs welcomed the Europeans with gifts, but they also fought many battles with them. The Spaniards were almost always victorious because they had guns while their opponents did not. In 1534, Antonio de Berrio captured Aruba as its king went over to Spain. In 1538, Ferdinand Magellan reached the island, which was already under Spanish control. He named it San Fernando and claimed it for King Ferdinand. In 1667, Charles II of England acquired Trinidad from France as part of its colonial empire.
It is also the most industrialized and populated. More than half of the population lives in Port of Spain, the capital.