Under first Spanish and then British colonial rule, the two islands that constitute the state of Trinidad and Tobago achieved independence in 1962. At that time, it joined the British Commonwealth. Since the 1960s, Trinidad and Tobago has emerged as one of the most industrialized countries in the English-speaking Caribbean, and is an active member of the international community. Today, the United States and Trinidad and Tobago enjoy cordial relations.Modern Flag of Trinidad and Tobago
The United States recognized Trinidad and Tobago the same day that it became independent on August 31, 1962, by establishing the U.S. Embassy in Port-of-Spain. William Henry Hastie, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, led the U.S. delegation at the independence ceremonies.
The United States established diplomatic relations with Trinidad and Tobago on August 31, 1962, when it recognized the island nation’s independence. That same day, the United States established the American Embassy in Port-of-Spain, with William H. Christensen as Chargé d'Affaires ad interim. The first U.S. Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago was Robert G. Miner who presented his credentials on December 1, 1962.