Fyzabad

Fyzabad is a town in southwestern Trinidad, 13 km (8.1 mi) south of San Fernando, west of Siparia and northeast of Point Fortin. It is named after the town of Faizabad in India. Colloquially it is known as "Fyzo" by many people.

Fyzabad
Town
Fyzabad is located in Trinidad and Tobago
Fyzabad
Fyzabad
Location of Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago
Fyzabad is located in Caribbean
Fyzabad
Fyzabad
Fyzabad (Caribbean)
Fyzabad is located in North America
Fyzabad
Fyzabad
Fyzabad (North America)
Coordinates: 10°11′N 61°33′W / 10.183°N 61.550°W / 10.183; -61.550Coordinates: 10°11′N 61°33′W / 10.183°N 61.550°W / 10.183; -61.550
CountryTrinidad and Tobago
RegionSiparia
Settled1871
Named forFaizabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Population
 (2011)
 • Total13,099[1]
Time zoneUTC−4 (AST)
Postal Code(s)
69xxxx
Area code(s)+1 (868)-677

HistoryEdit

 
Uriah Butler statue in Fyzabad

Fyzabad was founded by Rev. Kenneth J. Grant, a Presbyterian missionary in Trinidad in 1871.[2] The purpose of the settlement was to separate Christian Indians from the unconverted Hindu and Muslim populations. The town later grew with the discovery of oil in the area in 1917, and attracted a large number of immigrants from Grenada and other Lesser Antillean islands. In 1937 Fyzabad was the centre of labour unrest, led by T.U.B. Butler which is considered the birth of the Labour movement in Trinidad and Tobago.

The collapse of oil prices in the 1980s, coupled with declining onshore oil production, led to a decline in the town of Fyzabad.

Notable personsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Communities: Apex Oilfield, Avocat Village, Delhi Settlement, Fyzabad, Gheerahoo, Pepper Village, Sudama Village
  2. ^ Anthony, Michael (2001). Historical Dictionary of Trinidad and Tobago. Scarecrow Press, Inc. Lanham, Md., and London. ISBN 0-8108-3173-2.