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While controlled by Spain, Trinidad became French in orientation and dominant language use.Captured by the British in 1797, the island was formally ceded to Britain in 1802.The island was called Iere, meaning "the land of the hummingbird," by its native Amerindian inhabitants.



The vast majority were Hindus, but there was a significant Muslim minority.Native Amerindians died upon contact with European diseases, were forcibly exported to the mainland to work in mines, and those who survived were subject to Spanish missions and labor schemes.The African slave population was small during Spanish rule. Trinidad was named by Christopher Columbus on his third voyage to the New World.

On the morning of 31 July 1498, he saw what appeared to him as a trinity of hills along the southeastern coast.

Under British colonialism there was a clear ethnic division of labor, with Whites as plantation owners, Chinese and Portuguese in trading occupations, Blacks and Coloreds moving into the professions and skilled manual occupations, and East Indians almost completely in agricultural pursuits.