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Trinidad and Tobago
(2,423 words)

Volume I: National Reports 1974

Sir Hugh Wooding1

Monarchy. Attained independence as a unitary state on 31 Aug. 1962.2 Member of (British) Commonwealth since independence and of Organisation of American States since 1967.

Trinidad was a Spanish colony from its discovery by Christopher Columbus on 31 July 1498, but was settled mainly by the French, especially after the French Revolution. Aboriginal population, generally called Caribs, almost completely wiped out …

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Sir Hugh Wooding, “Trinidad and Tobago”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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