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Lopinot

Lopinot

Lopinot, Trinidad and Tobago

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Description Lopinot is a village in Trinidad and Tobago.It is located in the foothills of the Northern Range, just north of Arouca. It is governed by the Tunapuna-Piarco Regional Corporation. Lopinot, the area which was named after Charles Joseph Count de Loppinot (1738–1819) is located five and three quarters of a mile from Arouca. Loppinot was a young knight who rose to the rank of Lieutenant-General in the French army. He left France to serve time in the North-American French colony of Acadie (which is today combined with the Canadian territory of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island).He left the colony of Acadie circa 1755, when the French were expelled from the area. He then headed to Louisiana until he recognized signs of future annexation by the United States. His journey then continued to the Caribbean territory of Saint Domingue (known as Haiti today) which was, at the time, one of the wealthiest sugar-producing territories of the world.It was at this time that Loppinot seized the economically viable opportunity to become a sugar planter. He soon amassed great wealth and acquired land, slaves and a good reputation among his fellow associates. However, his stay in Saint Domingue was curtailed as a result of slave uprisings which began in 1791. After fighting alongside the British in an attempt to reclaim the island, he fled when victory proved unattainable.After this stint, Loppinot petitioned the British Secretary of State for the Colonies to get compensation for property lost in Saint Domingue. Thus, when the British annexed Trinidad in 1797, the Secretary of State for the Colonies gave Loppinot instruction to go to the island to receive a grant of land by the Governor, Thomas Picton. Loppinot entered Trinidad in 1800 along with his wife, children and about one hundred slaves but was disappointed to learn that Picton had not been informed by the British Secretary of State for the Colonies and so no grant of land was made. Loppinot remained in Trinidad d