"Perched on top of a windy ridge with some of the most awesome views of Trinidad is the village of Tortuga. In the late 1600s, at what is now the nearby hamlet of Mayo, Capuchin monks from Spain founded a mission to convert Amerindians to Christianity. The place was consecrated as Nuestra Senora de Mont Serrat (Saw-Toothed Mountain). Remnants of this were still visible in 1867-70, when land reforms saw Mayo and Tortuga villages being properly laid out with public buildings, shops, and a couple streets. Cocoa was the great economic powerhouse from this time until the market collapsed in 1920. A large and very mixed population had settled in the Montserrat Hills, where the villages stand, and consisted of Yorubas, Congoes, ex-indentured Indians, Chinese, and many Cocoa-panyols. A majority of these people were Roman Catholics and they helped build one of the most beautiful structures in the land."- Angelo Bissessarsingh
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