Trinidad’s and Tobago’s capital, the Port of Spain is the country’s third biggest city by populace, and is situated on the northwest shore of Trinidad island. The Port of Spain was in the beginning a small quiet north-west cape fishing village called “Conquerabia”, a name given by its local Indians because of their victorious battle against early attacks of Spanish explorers in 1532.
Later, “Conquerabia” was re-named Puerta de Espana or Port of Spain, and was brought to the fore of the legislative directorial center and trade of Trinidad. During the 1760’s, the Port of Spain had about four-hundred people that made up its population consisting of mixed Indian-Spanish breed and some European foreigners. At that time, the place only wrapped what is known today as Nelson Street and Duncan Street.
Today, the Port of Spain serves as a trade and governmental hub, including a financial services core and abode to two of the biggest banks in the English-speaking Caribbean. It is also one of the Caribbean’s main shipping centers with agricultural wares and asphalt exports. Port of Spain’s tallest structure is the Nicholas Tower, standing at twenty-one floors tall and located on Independence Square, and is also the country’s tallest structure as a whole.
The Port of Spain is the center for the thriving economy of Trinidad, as well as the major port for the numerous arriving travelers from the other islands of the Caribbean. The heart of Trinidad’s wealthy cultural life, the city facets numerous theaters, mas camps, and art arcades. The city’s location, which is bounded by the Northern Range on one side and the Gulf of Partia on the other, provides for a wonderful sea and mountain sights.
The muddle of the Port of Spain’s architectural fashions may seem somewhat unattractive at first, particularly the downtown area, but taking a second look and looking closely will find nineteenth-century structures together with old-fashioned “gingerbread” homes, named after the obscure vexed woodwork.
The oldest part of the city is the downtown area that even with its ramshackle façade has remained to be the shopping and finance midpoint of the city. Internationally famous shops shove for room with aged Spanish offices, shops, and warehouses, as the main roads jam with traffic, street sellers, and pedestrians.
Going north of the city at the foot of the Northern Range, Maraval and St. Ann’s locality has become the city’s rapidly expanding hotel trade center. Additionally, settlers from various places such as Venezuela, Syria, China, and Portugal have taken their chances in Trinidad, guaranteeing that the Port of Spain preserves its multi-ethnic mix of cultures and people.