This Act makes provision for the registration and execution of deeds. It also provides for the protection of purchasers and mortgagees. For the purposes of this Act a memorandum of a statutory lease executed in accordance with the provisions of the Land Tenants (Security of Tenure) Act, shall be deemed to be a deed registrable under this Act. Deeds shall be certified by a licensed Surveyor within the meaning of the Land Surveyors Ordinance.
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First colonized by the Spanish, the islands came under British control in the early 19th century. The islands' sugar industry was hurt by the emancipation of the slaves in 1834. Manpower was replaced with the importation of contract laborers from India between 1845 and 1917, which boosted sugar production as well as the cocoa industry. The discovery of oil on Trinidad in 1910 added another important export. Independence was attained in 1962. The country is one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean thanks largely to petroleum and natural gas production and processing.
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