An agreement concerning American bases in the West Indies was signed at Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Feb 10th.
GV int. Governor General's residence, agreement being signed
SV Sir Grantley Adams, Prime Minister, signing
CU Minister signing
SV Another Minister signing
SV Mr. John Hay Whitney signs for U.S.
SV Officials applauding
LV Lord Hailes making speech
SV People in room applaud
SV Sir Grantley Adams speaking
GV Flag raising ceremony, flag of Trinidad and Tobago going up
CU Sir Solomon Hochoy, Governor of Trinidad
LV Soldiers lined up
SV Flag of West Indies at mast
CU Union Jack
LV Four flags flying at masts
GV Parade about to start
LV American Marines passing saluting base
SV Saluting base - Sir Solomon Hochoy taking salute with Mr. John Hay Whitney, on right of Whitney Lord Hailes
SV American Marine band passing
GV Sailors marching past
SV Marine band passing
FV TOWARDS West Indies Regiment marching
TGV Sailors marching past
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Background: 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.