Diego Martin

Diego Martin is a town and is the urban commercial center and capital of the Diego Martin region in Trinidad and Tobago. Its location in the region is just on the south eastern border, west of the capital city of Port of Spain and east of the town of Carenage. Diego Martin town in the Northern Range was once filled with a number of small valleys but is now a densely populated area. It was named after a Spanish explorer Don Diego Martín.[2] The area was settled by French planters and their slaves in the 1780s. It consists of a cluster of communities including Congo Village, Diamond Vale, Green Hill, Patna Village, Petit Valley, Blue Range, La Puerta Avenue, Four Roads, Rich Plain, River Estate, Blue Basin, Water Wheel, West Moorings, Bagatelle and Sierra Leone.

Diego Martin
Town
Aerial view of Westmoorings and Glencoe, Diego Martin
CountryTrinidad and Tobago
RegionDiego Martin
Named forDon Diego Martin Garraway
Government
  TypeRegional Corporation
  Regional GovernorAnthony Sammy
Population
 (2011)
  Total25,370
  Rank8th
Time zoneUTC−4 (AST)
Postal Code
15xxxx[1]
Area code(s)+1 (868)-632, 633, 637, 694, 695

Petit Valley extends from the Four Roads area all the way through the hills of the Northern Range crossing over into Maraval. The Maple Leaf (Canadian) International School is located in Petit Valley. Petit Valley is the birthplace of West Indian cricketer Learie Nicholas Constantine.[3]

"Patna" reflects the settlement of Indo-Trinidadian indentured labourers, while "Congo" and "Sierra Leone" refer to free African indentured labourers.[2] Places to visit include the historical Waterwheel and the Blue Basin waterfalls, especially the magnificent Blue Basin waterfall.

The town area is administered by the Diego Martin Regional Corporation and is the birth home of Empress Shebah 'Ra III[4] and the home town of Miss Universe 1998, Wendy Fitzwilliam.