Level: 3

Semester: 1

Prerequisite: Any Level II Course in Caribbean History


Course Description:

This course examines the main features of the historical development of Trinidad and Tobago during the 18th and 19th centuries.  Periods and events of historical significance across the two centuries are identified and discussed with the aid of primary sources.  Special attention is paid to the following topics; The establishment and fortunes of plantations, The Experiences of enslaved Africans, free coloureds, freed Africans and immigrants, Political and constitutional developments especially the union of Trinidad and Tobago and Education and Culture.

Students are encouraged to identify the historical underpinnings of present day issues and use historical knowledge to formulate possible solutions to current national problems. 


Learning Outcomes:

  1. Discuss the impact of European presence on the indigenous peoples
  2. Describe the state of Trinidad and Tobago under early Spanish administration
  3. Explain the reasons for Spain’s changed colonial strategy
  4. Assess the impact of British and Spanish colonial policies on Trinidad and Tobago.
  5. Identify the main features of the historical evolution of Trinidad and Tobago
  6. Compare the historical experiences of Trinidad with those of Tobago
  7. Analyse the main features of the social and economic development of Trinidad and Tobago.
  8. Interpret documents on the history of Trinidad and Tobago.



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