Angostura, now in the hands of the founder’s heirs had been seeking to leave Venezuela for a few years. As the global demand for their Aromatic Bitters grew, Ciuidad Bolivar was proving unsuitable since steamers were unable to visit during the dry season.
There was also instability in the country in the aftermath of a civil war that decimated the economy and left more than one hundred thousand people dead.
Carlos Siegert liaised with Charles William Warner, the Attorney General of Trinidad who believed that there would be significant benefits for both the company and the colony if Angostura Aromatic Bitters was produced in Trinidad.
Things were put in place to make their move feasible and the Siegert family secretly left Venezuela.