Fyzabad

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Fyzabad
फ़ैज़ाबाद
فیض آباد
Town
Corporation Siparia Regional Corporation
Country Trinidad and Tobago
  Ranked
Time zone AST (UTC−4)
Area code(s) 677
This article is about the town in Trinidad and Tobago. For places named Faizabad, see Faizabad (disambiguation).

Fyzabad (Hindi: फ़ैज़ाबाद, Urdu: فیض آباد) 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, especially taxicab drivers.

History[edit]

Fyzabad was founded by Rev. Kenneth J. Grant, a Presbyterian missionary in Trinidad in 1871. 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 persons[edit]

Billy Ocean - British R&B and pop singer, born Leslie Charles

Desmond Allum - attorney

Janet Grace Anthony - Trinidad and Tobago's first female Commercial Pilot.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 10°11′N 61°33′W / 10.183°N 61.550°W / 10.183; -61.550