How are African Americans and Trinidad & Tobago connected? Through the Merikins, former enslaved from North America who earned their freedom by fighting with the British in the 1812-1815 war.
The Africans were enslaved, but they never accepted it. Resistance to enslavement was constant; running away a common method. Africans ran to the hills and established their own societies called ‘maroon’ communities.
Created in the Congo in the 1970s, Kwaassa Kwaasa is a joyful dance that celebrates freedom and encourages you to put aside the stresses of life.
The ocean is important to the people of Trinidad and Tobago. Our culture is diverse, influenced by Africa, India, Europe and Indigenous peoples. For many of us, going to the beach is a ritual. It is cleansing, rejuvenating and also spiritual.