January 12, 2008
Tobago was by Columbus in the year 1498. It became Spanish, British, Dutch and French property until 1814 following the Napoleon Wars, when France had to surrender the island towards Great Britain. Until 1889 Tobago was part of the "Windward Colonies." Later it was united with Trinidad.
Trinidad and Tobago became independent as a nation in 1962. Tobago has the oldest National Forest Reserve in the world. In the 18th century the Dutch declared about one third of the island as a national forest reserve. It hasn't been touched since.
Tobago covers about 190 square miles. Scarborough, Tobago is the largest town on Tobago Island, one of the two islands of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It has a population of 17,000, almost one third of the population of the island. The town is dominated by Fort King George, an 18th century fortification named for King George III which now hosts a historic/archaeological museum.
The island is of volcanic origin. In general it consists of one mountain range rising about 1,800 feet above sea level in the northern part, close to Charlotteville. Scarborough's deepwater harbor was built in 1991. Until then, ships were forced to anchor offshore.
We begin our entrance into the harbor at 8:15am.
As we approach the harbor we pass a number of nice looking homes.
We had signed for a tour of the island. As soon as be are cleared to leave the ship we get aboard the bus that will take us to "touristy" destinations.
One stop was a golf course where we could take some photos and find a restroom.
This is a view of one of the many beaches. It is across the street from the golf course.
Of course, the tour folks make sure we get to stop at a tourist trap. The building on the right is a church that was across the street from the mystery tomb.
These are some of the commercial office structures that are located on the edge of Scarborough.
These are more indicitave of homes and small shops in the city. We could help but notice that beauty products are in fashion also.
Fort King George sits on the highest hill that overlooks the city.
This is the rear of the fort that overlooks the city below and houses the museum pieces. It was closed.
Looking left from the back of the fort photo above we can see the city of Scarborough in the distance.
Again we find multicolored shrubs. At the end of the tour we were treated to a folkloric dance/music demonstration. The man playing the steel drum was outstanding. It was the first time we had ever heard the Frank Sinatra song "My Way" played on a steel drum. Outstanding. Note the little girl standing next to her mother.
She did her best to keep the beat. However, after the first couple of dances she found a way to get off the stage and play with her friends.
All of the music was played with drums. The steel drum player didn't play when the dancers performed. The costuming was very colorful.
The finale performance was a compilation of limbo music.
How low can you go?
This low . . . . That's low.
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