St. James is a district of Port of
Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The main road is the Western Main Road. It runs
from Woodbrook to Cocorite. St James is also known for its diverse mixture of
cultural activities. History
In 1824, the foundation stone of a new military barracks was laid at St. James.
Most of the material for the construction came from the Maraval
Valley and occasioned an action between the Government and Jean Boissière over
damage to the latter’s sugar estate at Champs Elysées caused by the removal of
so much stone. The barracks took three years to build and were completed at the
cost of about ₤80,000. Until 1992, the Civil Aviation Training
Centre, now a unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority, was
located along Long Circular Road in St. James.
The largest Pizza Hut in the world is located in Saint James on Tragarete
Road. St. James is the birthplace for the
successful Trinidadian-based soft-drink company Solo.
People “Where Belmont’s settlement was African
in origin, in St. James, the city’s most westerly suburb, the influence was
decidedly East Indian. St. James too was a sugarcane estate, and the workers
there were largely East Indians who arrived in Trinidad as indentured
laborers The streets of St. James bear witness to its earliest inhabitants with
names such as Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta, Benares, Ganges, and so on. St. James is
mecca for the annual Hosay Festival, when it is possible to hear classical
tassa drumming, as small effigies of mosques parade through the streets. . .
. There is a Muslim mosque on the Western Main Road in St. James and a
Hindu temple on Panka Street.” Singer, songwriter and rapper Nicki
Minaj was born in St. James and lived here until she was five years old with
her grandmother before moving to New York City with her parents.
Gary Goodridge, a kickboxer, mixed martial artist, and arm wrestler, was
born in the district. References