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This Act provides for the administration, management and protection of state lands. It also provides that the dominion of the seashore lying between the high water mark and the low water mark belongs to and is vested in the State. The President may grant (a licence for) part of such land, and land reclaimed from the sea shall belong to and be vested in the State or the grantee. The Act, among other things: defines powers of the President in respect of state land; creates the office of Deputy Commissioner of State Lands; provides with respect to grants and leases in state lands; provides with respect to survey of state lands; protects state lands from squatting and illegal extraction of materials on state lands.

Implemented by: State Lands (Fees) Regulations (Cap. 57:01). (2011-12-31)

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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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