Lopinot - A History
Lopinot was founded 203 years ago by a French count of the same name as an estate. Under the well known Cedula arrangement entered into between the Government of 1883 (Spanish) and the French Catholic Settlers from the other Caribbean territories, he came earlier and settled in Tacarigua. That venture failed and he was subsequently given the opportunity to seek a settlement elsewhere. Thus he settled in the valley of Lopinot in 1806 where he named his estate “la Reconnaissance”, modern day Lopinot settlement.
After his death a few years later the settlement had been left in neglect but was regularly visited by settlers from The Caura Valley and later, La Pastora Estates higher up. These daily visitors to the surrounding ranches brought with them their cultural inheritance which was predominantly Spanish.
However, in the late 1940’s and subsequent years, the then government decided to relocate the inhabitants of “La Veronica” in the Caura Valley to the La Reconnaissance settlement (Lopinot) for the purpose of building a dam in the same Caura Valley, fed by the Tacarigua River. They also brought with them all their Spanish customs and knowledge of Cocoa planting and agriculture.
These magnificent traditions live on even to this day.
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