The history of Trinidad and Tobago was significantly different in this timeline. In the different different UK/French-Spanish war, there was no UK expedition from Martinique to take Trinidad in 1797, and the island remained Spanish at the peace. As in other Spanish-owned islands, there was a slave revolt followed by a planters' restoration in 1807, leading to a government nominally under the Hohenzollern king of Spain (and ambiguously attached to New Granada) but in fact independent. IOW British Trinidad abolished slavery and filled its agricultural sector with East Indian immigrants -- in this timeline Trinidad abolished slavery with Spain in 1853 but then imported South Americans instead whose descendents are still called trabajadores. The Spanish revolution of 1881 ended any formal connection between Trinidad and Spain. Oil production with Mexican investment began soon after (earlier than the 1910 IOW). When Hermion conquered New Granada, British and CNA backing kept Trinidad independent and black-ruled, though Spanish is still the blacks' primary language and the island never joined the United Empire. Currently the trabajadores, supplemented by decades of immigrant oil workers, form about a third of the population. (IOW East Indians form a similar proportion including today's most famous Trinidadian, the writer V. S. Naipaul.) New Granada has always maintained its claim to sovereignty over both Trinidad and the smaller nearby island of Tobago, and unsuccessfully tried to exert this claim militarily during the Global War (as mentioned in Southern Exposure).

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