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Old 08-18-2012, 05:42 PM
 
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T&T is so close to Venezuela that it looks like it's part of South America.
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:59 AM
 
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I just consider Caribbean and think of the Caribbean as an American subregion all its own. Don't really think of it as either NA or SA.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:09 PM
 
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I believe it is viewed as being North American due to historical ties, but the island geographically is tied to South America. Geography of Trinidad and Tobago - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:50 PM
 
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T&T is so close to Venezuela that it looks like it's part of South America.
Trinidad IS South American. Geologically and geographically it was attached to the South American continent until recently. Also historically and culturally, it was part of Venezuela and associated with South America as much as it was with the Caribbean.

Trinidad, just like Panama is considered transcontinental. Egypt is transcontinental as well.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:14 PM
 
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Trinidad is as much South American as Guyana is Caribbean.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:17 PM
 
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Trinidad IS South American. Geologically and geographically it was attached to the South American continent until recently. Also historically and culturally, it was part of Venezuela and associated with South America as much as it was with the Caribbean.

Trinidad, just like Panama is considered transcontinental. Egypt is transcontinental as well.
Geologically, most Eastern Caribbean islands were South American at one point. Hell, Cuba was once attached to the Yucatan Peninsula.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:45 PM
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Lets put it like this, T&T is the north American part of south America. LOL

Seriously, I have wondered whether T&T is truly part of the Lesser Antilles. It doesn't seems to be, but it's often lumped into the Antilles because it's an island with some of its coast facing the Caribbean Sea. One advantage of not being part of the Lesser Antilles is that T&T doesn't really have a hurricane risk.

The same thing probably applies to the ABC islands except that these have their entire coast on the Caribbean Sea.

Also, the Bahamas are another weird archipelago. Not one island faces the Caribbean and yet, they are often included as part of the Caribbean (I know why, but geographically it doesn't makes sense.) The major (and most) islands of the Bahamas are not even in the real tropics.

Bermuda is even more ironic, because not only are they not in the Caribbean, they are nowhere near the Caribbean (or the tropics for that matter). This island is in the Atlantic Ocean many miles off the coast of the Carolinas, how is that Caribbean or even tropical? Yet, Bermuda is often included as a "Caribbean destination."
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:03 PM
 
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North America.

This--and only this.


We can close this thread down now.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:18 PM
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North America.

This--and only this.


We can close this thread down now.
Well... some would say Central America (there's only one America that is sub-divided into three regions: North, Central, and South with every island east of the Central American isthmus included in Central America.)

Believe it or not, millions of people are taught this, especially in Latin America.

Now they can close this.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:51 PM
 
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I'm hoping it's South America since that was the one continent I hadn't been to outside of Antarctica (which I'm not interested in), and I went to T&T last year (LOL). Actually, I think that if you are going to lump it with a continent, it has to be South America based on proximity (4 miles from the S.A. mainland at its closest point). And the natural history, flora, and fauna of the island of Trinidad are closely related to that of Venezuela.

The only argument for North America would be the Caribbean culture, which is usually associated more with N.A. But that's a fairly arbitrary idea, especially since Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana are considered Caribbean culturally while being on the mainland of South America. In fact, Guyana has very similar demographics to T&T but with an added Native American component.

But this raises an interesting question about islands in general. Could you say you had been to North America if the only place you had visited in the western hemisphere is Key West?
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