An agreement concerning American bases in the West Indies was signed at Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Feb 10th.
An agreement concerning American bases in the West Indies was signed at Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Feb 10th. Signing for the United States was Mr. John Hay Whitney, until recently U.S. Ambassador in London; for Trinidad and Tobago, Premier Dr. Eric Williams; and for the West Indies, Federal Premier Sir Grantley Adams. The Federation's Governor General, Lord Hailes, presided.
Later, the flags of Britain, the West Indies, Trinidad and the U.S.A. were raised at a ceremony at the U.S. Naval base of Chaguaramas - a ceremony symbolising the friendly agreement by which the U.S. retains some of her bases in the West Indies, but gives up her rights to the rest of them.
At the saluting base was the Governor of Trinidad and Tobago, Sir Solomon Hochoy, Mr. Whitney and Lord Hailes. Large crowds cheered as the flags went up.
Many of the bases were leased to America in 1941 in exchange for urgently needed destroyers.