Saint Joseph, Trinidad and Tobago
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San José de Oruña
|Country||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Regional Corporation||San Juan-Laventille|
|Named for||Saint Joseph|
St. Joseph was founded in 1592 by Antonio de Berrio and is the oldest town in Trinidad and Tobago. Originally named San José de Oruña, it served as the capital of Spanish Trinidad between 1592 and 1783. In 1595 the place was attacked and held by Sir Walter Raleigh and was used as a base for his exploration of the Orinoco river in search of the fabled city of El Dorado. Soon after his return the place was burnt and sacked.
St. Joseph is not an incorporated municipality. It falls within the San Juan-Laventille Regional Corporation.
Today it is the home of several different schools, including St. Joseph's Convent, St. Joseph, St. Joseph Boys Roman Catholic School, St. Joseph Girls Roman Catholic School, St. Joseph Government School, St. Joseph College and St. Xavier's Preparatory School.