Point Fortin


Point Fortin

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Point Fortin the smallest Borough in Trinidad and Tobago, is located in southwestern Trinidad, about 32 km (20 miles) southwest of San Fernando. After the discovery of petroleum in the area in 1906 the town grew into a major oil-producing centre. The town grew with the oil industry between the 1940s and 1980s, culminating in its elevation to borough status in 1980. After the end of the oil boom Point Fortin was hit hard by economic recession in the 1980s and the closure of its oil refinery. Construction of a Liquified Natural Gas plant by Atlantic LNG boosted the economy.

Notable natives

Culture

*Barnet Henry (The Preacher) - Calypsonian
*Iwer George - Soca Artiste / Calypsonian
*Austin Lyons (Super Blue) - Calypsonian / Soca Artiste
*Kelvin Pope (The Mighty Duke) - Calypsonian
*Morel Peters (Luta) - Calypsonian
*Western Rawlins (Cro Cro aka The Mighty Midget) - Calypsonian

Sports

Trinidad and Tobago National Football

*Reynold Carrington
*Atiba Charles
*Avery John
*Kenwyne Jones
*Sherwin Julien
*Keyeno Thomas

*Warren Archibald
*Leo Brewster
*Wilfred Cave
*Steve David
*Leroy de Leon
*Anthony Douglas
*Watty Douglas

*Randy Samuel - Canadian footballer

Trinidad and Tobago Cricket

*Lionel Mc Cree

Trinidad and Tobago Basketball

*Victor "Voot" O'Garro

Public Service

*Lionel Blake - First Mayor
*Victor Chin Kit - Past Mayor
*Arthur Joseph - Deal or No Deal (US game show) Winner

References

*cite book | author=Anthony, Michael | title=Historical Dictionary of Trinidad and Tobago | publisher=Scarecrow Press, Inc. Lanham, Md., and London | year=2001 |id=ISBN 0-8108-3173-2


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