On the Road to Icacos

04 April 2009

We're back in Grenada after a good week in Trinidad. The business end of things consumed much more time than I anticipated, so I wasn't able to squeeze in all the locations I wanted to shoot - but I'm starting off with one of my favorites... Icacos Point.

As we made our way down to Icacos Point (map), the dense coconut estates surrounded us for miles and miles. I strongly suggest that you view the map to check out the massive acreage covered by the coconut trees.

"Icacos Point is the southwesternmost point in Trinidad and Tobago, situated at the tip of the long peninsula and is only 11 kilometers away from neighboring Venezuela. The village was given its name by the original inhabitants of the area, the Amerindians, who named it after a type of common shrub of the rose family, icaco, that grew profusely there.

Christopher Columbus on his third voyage, had several historically documented adventures off the peninsula. He first sighted the land on 31st July, 1498, and called the island "Trinidad".

On the second day, while still onboard the vessel, Columbus and his crew had observed a large canoe with twenty-four Amerindians armed with bows, arrows and wooden shields. In a very clumsy attempt to gain the attention of the canoemen, Columbus had ordered his men to play drums and dance. The Amerindians, in response, had showered arrows onto the ship and later fled.

Almost a century later in 1595, Sir Walter Raleigh also ventured to the shores of Point Icacos in his quest for "El Dorado" but he never went onto the land.

When British explorers came to Trinidad and visited Icacos in 1797, they saw the environment similar to how their European predecessors had, except for the presence of the proprietor, Monsieur Cap-de-Ville who arrived earlier with the French under the Cedular of Population decree.

By the 1820's, Icacos increasingly became an agricultural area with large coconut estates. By 1881, census reports show that there were five-hundred and two people in the area but with no public services available except through the nearby Cedros area.

Today, Icacos has largely abandoned its agricultural roots and villagers engage mainly in fishing for their sustenance."

- Various excerpts from "Towns and Villages of Trinidad and Tobago" by Michael Anthony. -

On the Road to Icacos Point.

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