Stamps issued: 1962-PRESENT
Two islands in the Caribbean, off the coast of Venezuela. The two British colonies were united in 1889, Tobago becoming a ward of the united colony in 1899. From 1958-1962, the colony was a member of the West Indies Federation, becoming independent in August 1962. Trinidad has long been an oil-refining center and has begun exploiting recently discovered oil reserves of its own. It is one of the most prosperous of the Caribbean states.