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Lennie M. Nimblett pens new book, ‘Tobago: The Union with Trinidad 1889-1899’

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The book had its beginning in an attempt to provide the facts surrounding the union that took place in 1889

In his new book, “Tobago: The Union with Trinidad 1889-1899 - Myth and Reality” (published by AuthorHouse), Lennie M. Nimblett tells the little-known story of the decision of the Caribbean island of Tobago to form a unitary colony with the neighboring island of Trinidad in 1889.

“Tobago” details the decision-making processes in the colonies of Tobago and Trinidad and in Britain and details the teething problems of the period 1889-1899 and their resolution. In addition the book examines the attitude of modern historians to the formation of the union and concludes with the author’s own assessment of the decision to form the union.

Nimblett became inspired to pen his book after having a discussion with a political colleague on contemporary constitutional issues concerning Tobago and its union with Trinidad, which as he says, suggests that there were huge gaps in the public knowledge of the history of the union. “The book had its beginning in an attempt to provide the facts surrounding the union that took place in 1889,” Nimblett explains.

An excerpt from the entry entitled “The Need for a Solution”:

In the 1880s, after almost 120 years of British colonialism, Tobago was recognised as a failed colony, and so the need arose for a fresh constitutional solution. While the colony continued to enjoy great security, particularly when compared with its status during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the majority of the people suffered from the general absence of welfare, resulting in unrest and steady emigration; moreover, the elaborate constitutional structure left the same majority bereft of basic political rights. The failure did not come about for want of trying. Its constitutional status under British rule had left it with headquarters in Grenada, then in Barbados, then in Grenada again, while its status changed from a self-governing entity to a Crown colony. There was a brief period of French rule, but this did not significantly alter the constitution or laws of the colony.

“The book shows the tyrannical nature of the self-governing slave colonies of the British West Indies during the 18th and 19th centuries.”

About the Author
Lennie M. Nimblett was born in 1939, educated in Trinidad and Scotland and is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago. Since 1972 he has been a member of a political organization that publishes The Trinidad and Tobago Review in which he wrote on politics, economics and finance between 1983 and 1990. Nimblett has spoken on radio on the topic of the constitution of Trinidad and Tobago.

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