Day 2 of our Emancipation Package takes you all over the island to indulge in our history and witness that same culture being passed on through the youth of the community.
Spend the day learning about Trinidad’s African history, and evening attending a youth concert.
On this day we tour the city of Port of Spain and will give highlights of the new city with its modern infrastructure and the culture of the island.
We’ll travel to Belmont to visit the birth home of Stokley Carmichael (Kwame Ture), the first Prime Minister of the Black Panther and co instigator of the Black Power Movements. Through his work, we saw the opening up of frontline jobs in the US and various parts of the world to Indians, Africans and other people of non-Caucasoid origin. Additionally, we will also see the home of the BP Renegades Steel Orchestra whose main arrangers at one time were the father son duo of Jit and Amrit Samaroo. On our way West of the city, we’ll stop in honor of the ancestors at the old slave burial ground now called Nelson Mandela Park and hear why there was a clamoring for a name change of the area. We then make our way to Fort George to see the handy work of captured Ashanti prince, Kofi Nti, son of King Kofi Calcalli, and view his handy work, the signal station which stills stands as proud as when it first opened in 1883 as a masterpiece of the colonial times. Lunch will be served on location with the panoramic view that includes the central range to the southeast to the birth place of Calypso, the Diego Martin valley to the northwest.
We then travel to the Santa Cruz valley where we make a short stop at the studio of one of our top local wood sculptors, Anthony ‘Chinman’ Tronchin.
Our next stop is Maraval where the old French estates were set up under the articles of the 1777 Cedular treaty. With this arrangement, white planters coming from the troubled French territories were given large parcels of arable lands while their colored counterparts were given half that amount and on the rugged and cavernous mountainsides. Here we transfer to 4×4 Toyotas, the main mode of public transport in the area, to make our ascent to our lady of Guadeloupe RC church where we would get a history of the area before having a snack with members of the community (still mostly Patoir speaking).
We then travel to the Maroon cave which offered fleeting respite and sanctuary to those who could escape the valley and possessed the strength to make the climb. NB. Tour guides will share information on Afro contributors and Pan Africanists such as CLR James and George Padmore, and Dr. Eric Williams and other African contributors who were all born in Trinidad and Tobago.
Afterwards, we’ll venture along the mountainous, picturesque North Coast Road with some of the most beautiful coastal vistas in the world. We continue to Maracas Bay for a bit of sea, sun and sand and lunch which will be served in the form of our world renowned Bake and Shark, credited as the best fish sandwich ever eaten by food connoisseur Andrew Zimmerman of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods. We then return to the city for a well-deserved rest and preparation for our evening activity
Enjoy a great night viewing a concert by young members of the Trinidad African community and their proud display of their culture.
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