Trinidad and Port of Spain, its largest city, has a very diverse culture which comes from the large mix of ethnicities among its people.  The island, once the property of Spain, has also been home to many French and also British who took the island from Spain in the 1700's.  Orignally, most of the country's people were of African descent, ancestors of the slaves who were brought to the island by the Europeans to work the sugar cane fields.  A large number of people in Port of Spain also have origins in India and the Far East, their ancestors having been brought to the island as traders. Indeed, because the slave trade in Trinidad was ended earlier than some eghboring islands, the British Crown imported indentured laborers from India to continue to extract profits from the lucrative sugar industry on the island.  As a result, the island's population is roughly split 40%/40% African and Indian descent, with the remaining portion "dougla" or mixed black and Indian, along with a healthy smattering of native Trinis of CHinese descent.

Spanish is also spoken frequently in Trinidad, as it is located only 7 miles north of Venezuela and is an attractive destination for Venezuelans who want to learn to speak English, Trinidad's official language. 

All of these cultures have merged and blended over time to give Trinidad and its capitol a unique culture all its own, not found elsewhere in the world.  Several religions are practiced there including Islam and Hinduism.  The island's food is a mix of Spanish, French, African and Asian, and these influences can be seen as well in the country's music, theater, and dance.