National Geographic : 1940 Nov
Cosmopolitan Port-of-Spain, Capital of Trinidad, Has Twice Risen from Ashes aFiner City The progressive modern town, facing Venezuela only a few miles away across the Gulf of Paria, is the businessheart ofthe southernmost British West Indian island. From its new deep-water harbor vessels carry away Trinidad's rich output of petroleum, asphalt (from famous Pitch Lake), sugar, molasses, rum, cacao, coco nuts, and tropical fruits. Columbus discovered Trinidad in 1498. Sir Walter Raleigh destroyed the first Spanish settlement when heraided the island in1595. Itis expected that the new United States military base will be established on the shores of the Gulf of Paria.