Resolution J1142-2013

Commemorating the 51st Anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago



  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 5, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating the 51st Anniversary of the Inde-
pendence of Trinidad and Tobago

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize  and  pay
just  tribute  to  the  cultural  heritage  of  the  ethnic groups which
comprise and contribute to the richness and diversity of  the  community
of the State of New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant  to such concern, and in keeping with its time-ho-
nored traditions, it is the intent of this Legislative Body  to  commem-
orate  the  51st Anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago;
  WHEREAS, The celebration of Trinidad and Tobago's independence affirms
the culture, identity and self-esteem of a  people;  it  honors  a  rich
heritage and illuminates Trinidad and Tobago's history and tradition, as
well as the spirit of an indomitable people; and
  WHEREAS,  The  people  of this great State and nation and Trinidad and
Tobago enjoy a deep and  abiding  relationship  rooted  in  kinship  and
culture,  and many New Yorkers proudly trace their own roots to Trinidad
and Tobago; and
  WHEREAS, Trinidad and Tobago were one of those countries in the  Brit-
ish  colony  that became a part of the post war, decolonization process;
the country was granted their independence on August 31, 1962; and
  WHEREAS, Christopher Columbus discovered Trinidad  in  1498,  and  the
country  became a colony of Spain; Tobago was first invaded by the Dutch
and later saw the French invasion with Spain as its ally; and
  WHEREAS, Later, British colonists settled in Trinidad in 1802, and  in
Tobago in 1814; it was in 1888 that both Trinidad and Tobago were made a
single  entity;  this  country  was prone to colonization because of its
rich minerals and crude oil; and
  WHEREAS, However, this country, with a  history  of  so  many  nations
trying  to  colonize  its  inhabitants,  had  taken a toll on the common
people; the independence of Trinidad and Tobago brought a sigh of relief
to its native people; and
  WHEREAS, The 51st Anniversary of Trinidad  and  Tobago's  Independence
provides  an opportunity to recognize the significance of their contrib-
utions to the quality and character of life,  and,  through  events  and
activities,  for  all  people to gain a greater appreciation of Trinidad
and Tobago's history and traditions, and of the role  Trinidadians  have
played, and will continue to play, in our society; and
  WHEREAS,  This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity to
recognize such events of significance  which  foster  ethnic  pride  and
exemplify  the  cultural  diversity  that represents and strengthens the
fabric of the people and the State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  the  51st  Anniversary  of the Independence of Trinidad and


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