Trinidad and Tobago Independence Day
Secretary of State
On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send best wishes to the people of Trinidad and Tobago as you celebrate 50 years of independence this August 31. Our two nations share a long history of friendship and cooperation going back more than 200 years. From the arrival of African-Americans to Trinidad after the War of 1812, to the drilling of Trinidad’s first oil well by an American engineer in 1866, to our military cooperation during World War II, this relationship has contributed to the development of both of our countries and the peace and prosperity of our world. We share a long tradition of democracy, respect for human rights, and diversity.
Today, the bond between our countries is enriched by the thousands of Trinidadians and Tobagonians in the United States, including scientists, athletes, artists and educators. As you celebrate this special day from Port-of-Spain to San Fernando, know that the United States sends our best wishes for continued peace, prosperity and happiness.