History of Western Tobago
Duration: Half Day
The Caribbean island of Tobago has been described as a historical paradise. This fascinating four-hour tour of Western Tobago will teach you interesting facts about this unique island, combined with entertaining stories from a world-class guide, who has over 35 years’ experience in his field.
Ideal for University students, professors, lecturers and educational seminars, this tour covers the period from the earliest of human settlements in Tobago. It is believed that Christopher Columbus discovered Tobago and Trinidad on his third voyage in 1498, but research has proved otherwise. By the time he got there, the island was already occupied by the indigenous Amerindians tribes − Arawaks and Caribs − who were of South America origin.
Learn all about this, plus much more, including:
- Where people in Tobago, or Tobagonians, came from and why.
- How they lived side by side − those who accepted each other and those who did not.
- How, why and where they fought and soaked Tobago's soil with their blood.
- Learn about the Caribs and Arawaks − who first came and why, and who settled first and why.
- Learn about the Dutch and the Latvians.
- Learn about the rich history of Fort King George.
- Hear about the KYOTO sunken ship from World War II, by the German submarine on Thursday 12th September, 1942
- Learn about Tobago during the war between the French, Dutch, Courlanders (present day Latvians) and British during the colonial period, who all fought over possession of the island that changed hands 22 times – more than any other island in the West Indies.
This tour includes visits to Crown Point, Plymouth and Fort King George, where you will learn interesting historical facts about each area.
The town of Plymouth is one of Tobago’s earliest communities. Its main feature is the Courland Monument, located near Courland Bay on the West coast. This striking sculpture commemorates the 17th-century settlers from Courland (now part of Latvia). You will also find the remnants of Fort James here, the oldest fort on the island, built in 1680.
Fort King George is Scarborough’s most significant landmark, and one of Tobago’s best preserved historical monuments. Built in the 1770's, its well-preserved ruins offer stunning views of the ocean and surrounding coastline. You can also visit Tobago Museum here, where you can learn about the island’s colonial history through interesting exhibits showing pre-Colombian artifacts and weapons. As you pass through Scarborough, Tobago’s capital, your guide will explain what this market town was like in the early years, giving you an insight into the great battles that were fought here.
The tour includes refreshments, comfortable air-condition coach travel and a world class lecturer/guide.
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