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Sangre Grande
Town
Sangre Grande.PNG
Corporation Sangre Grande Regional Corporation
Country Trinidad and Tobago
  Ranked
Time zone AST (UTC−4)
Area code(s) 668, 691

Sangre Grande is the largest town in northeastern Trinidad, in Trinidad and Tobago. It is located east of Arima and southwest of Toco. It is the seat of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation. The town falls into the Toco/Sangre constituency of the Elections and Boundaries Commission. The Member of Parliament for the Toco/Sangre Grande constituency and by extension of Sangre Grande itself is Rupert Griffith.

Overview[edit]

The name Sangre Grande means "big blood", and it has been suggested that the town was named for a battle that took place between the native Amerindians and the Spanish settlers. However, this interpretation is not supported by historical records. The true origin of the name refers to when, in the late 1770s, Spanish surveyors who were charting the island for the purposes of creating a map, found that the waters of two of the tributaries of the nearby Oropouche River were red as blood, hence the name.

Similarly, the neighbouring town is called Sangre Chiquito ("small blood") is named for the presence of a smaller, similarly colored river in that town. Sangre Grande grew as a result of the growth of cacao cultivation in the late nineteenth century. It grew further when it became the terminus of the railroad. Construction of the railroad caused the town to migrate down the hill to meet the railroad. When the town relocated to the foot of the hill, the name Sangre Grande moved with it. As a result, the name of the pre-existing village, Cunapo, was largely, but not entirely, lost.

Infrastructure[edit]

Sangre Grande is more developed than its surrounding areas. Many residents from surrounding areas depend on Sangre Grande for Government facilities as well as for shopping. Many residents in surrounding villages also come to Sangre Grande as a means of getting transportation to larger towns for example Arima and Port of Spain.

Healthcare[edit]

Sangre Grande has both a Government hospital (located on Ojoe Road) and a Government Health Clinic.

Transportation[edit]

There are many roads that lead in and out of Sangre Grande. The Eastern Main Road is the most important road leading into Sangre Grande as the Churchill Roosevelt Highway ends in Wallerfield. The Eastern Main Road connects Sangre Grande to the east to Sangre Chiquito and Manzanilla and to the west to Arima and Port of Spain. The second major road in Toco Road connects Sangre Grande to villages in the northeast, for example Toco and Matelot.

Railroad[edit]

The railways in Trinidad closed in the late 20th century, but many traces of the railroad's passage through Sangre Grande still exist. The current Public Transport Service Corporation (PTSC) terminal was formerly the train station. Additionally, tracks leading into Sangre Grande have been converted into roads, although it still bears the name of Railway Road. However, with growing road traffic congestion on the nation's roads, there are plans in to introduce a rapid rail whose first stage of development will stretch from Sangre Grande to Port of Spain.

Bus[edit]

Buses still ply the routes in and out of Sangre Grande. The bus terminus in the heart of Sangre Grande was recently upgraded.

Maxi taxi[edit]

Maxi taxis as well as traditional taxis service Sangre Grande. The Maxi taxis were first situated in the vicinity of the PTSC bus terminus, however the busyness of this location combined with the growing number of Maxi taxis had exascerbated traffic problems in the area and the old PTSC service station and washing bay on Brierly Street was converted to a maxi taxi hub instead. Here, Maxi taxis heading to both Arima and Port of Spain can be found.

Taxi[edit]

Taxis heading to Port of Spain and Arima can still be found around the bus terminus, while those heading to Mayaro, Manzanilla, Toco, to name a few, are found in other areas of the town.

Education[edit]

As in the rest of the country, Sangre Grande is home to primary and secondary schools which fall into three categories: Government-run, Government-assisted and private. However, while private primary schools exist in other parts of the country, there are none in Sangre Grande.

Primary schools[edit]

Government-run primary schools:

  • Sangre Grande Government
  • Guaico Government Primary School

Government-assisted primary schools:

  • Cunapo (St. Francis) R.C. School
  • Sangre Grande Hindu School
  • Sangre Grande Seventh Day Adventist Primary School
  • Upper Sangre Grande R.C. School
  • Guaico Presbyterian Primary
  • SWAHA Primary School

Secondary schools[edit]

Government-run secondary schools:

Private secondary schools:

  • Sangre Grande Educational Institute
  • Bates Memorial High School
  • SWAHA Hindu College

Notable persons[edit]

Sports[edit]

Sangre Grande is home to many sports teams that take part in national competition such as the North East Stars football team and the Sangre Grande All Stars basketball team , Team Elite Karate.

Steel orchestras[edit]

Sangre Grande is also home to the Sangre Grande Cordettes which has been a mainstay panside in the area for many years. The band often makes the national finals of the Panorama competition, where it currently competes in the medium band category. The band's music used to be arranged by one of the most famous pan arrangers in Trinidad, Jit Samaroo. For the past few years, the band has had a new secret weapon, choosing the wildcard arranger from Denmark, Anders Kappel to carry it forward into the panorama competition.

Other bands exist in the area, including the Tamana Pioneers (small band category). Several schoolbands in the area also participate in the school panorama competition every year.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 10°34′00″N 61°08′00″W / 10.56667°N 61.13333°W / 10.56667; -61.13333


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Trinidad Guardian
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:00:00 -0800

So said Works and Infrastructure Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan and added connectivity would finally be re-established between Sangre Grande and Mayaro after the collapse of the Manzanilla/Mayaro Road last month. Rambachan toured the ongoing ...
 
Trinidad & Tobago Express
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:00:00 -0800

According to police reports, at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday, officers of the Eastern Division crime patrol unit were on mobile patrol along North Eastern Settlement, Sangre Grande when they observed a man dressed in a white T-shirt and blue jeans who was ...

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Trinidad Guardian
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:00:00 -0800

Aimable, from Sangre Grande, had attended North-Eastern College, then graduated from the Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), and was a former teacher at the UWI School of Continuing Studies. But she wanted to sell shoes, and a year later, she launched ...

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Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:00:00 -0800

Tras tiempo pateándose los escenarios con su imponente directo regresan The Dust Bowl con nuevo disco, el poderoso 'Sangre Grande', ya disponible en escucha desde el bandcamp de la banda. Un álbum que ha sido cocinado a fuego lento, y en el que ...

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Stabroek News
Sat, 13 Dec 2014 17:30:00 -0800

Sangre Grande CID detectives said around 9 p.m. a group of men walked into the house located opposite an area known as “Ma Jack Hill” and found Eric “Rampell” Ruiz, 33, his cousin, Keron Ruiz, 29, and Eric Ruiz's girlfriend, Teneka Bartholomew, 23.
 
Trinidad News
Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:46:12 -0800

A group of young men and women of K-Lyns' contracting firm of Sangre Grande held a Christmas treat for over 300 children last Sunday at Monte Cristo Park, George Street, Sangre Grande. Kerry Ramnarine, leader of this vibrant and caring group said the ...

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:30:00 -0800

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Trinidad & Tobago Express
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 21:48:45 -0800

The other, a six-week-old baby, who was found dead at his family's Guaico, Sangre Grande home, is believed to have died early Sunday morning. The Sangre Grande baby had not yet been given a name. In the St Augustine incident, police reported that at ...
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