Explain how African, Indian, Chinese, French and Spanish cultures have influenced the customs and traditions in Trinidad and Tobago? 

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The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is an island nation located off the north coast of the South American continent. The country is a melting pot of people and cultures due to its colonial history and influence from various world powers.

The earliest settlers on Trinidad and Tobago were native Amerindians; whom were eventually displaced by the arrival of European settlers in the 15th century. The first European settlers were the Spaniards, followed by the French and eventually the British. These European powers also brought slaves from Africa and after the abolition of slavery indentured servants were brought in from the Indian subcontinent. This mixing of people and cultures has led to all these countries and societies having a tremendous influence over the development of Trinidadian traditions. The results of the multiculturalism can be seen in the islands food, dance, music, language, place names and customs, all of which have been influenced in way or the other by the contributing cultures.