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Tobago History

Tobago has a very rich and colorful past. our culture and history span so many generations and was able to withstand being attack numerous times. It is serene, inviting and laid-back. Tobago is known as unspoilt. It is the oldest protected rainforest in the western hemiphere.In 1498, Tobago was sighted by Christopher Columbus but he made no attempts to explore the island. Tobago was already explored by amerindians tribes. No wonder numerous countries like europeans, spanish, dutch, french and british to fight so fiersely to gain control over it in the 17th century. Its beauty is so captive that Europeans fought over Tobago more than any other caribbean country. In 1814, Tobago became a british colony.

Inspite of its many adversity, Tobago was able to withstand and bounce back. The islands achieved independence from England in 1962 and became the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in 1976. Tobago’s population is now over 1,000,000. Tobago topography consist mainly of volcanic rocks and is about 26 miles in length. The primary language is english but we have different dialects. Tobago has a very diverse community, many were brought over as slaves and migrate to the island like indians, chinese and african. Tobago capital is Scarborough.

Tobago has two seasons: dry (jan-May) and the rainy (june-december).In the rainy or wet season, the island experiences, with considerably more rainfall and cooler temperatures. In the dry season a dry season with mild temperatures without added precipitation and humidity. But enough with all that history, and lets get to the good part. There is something for everyone ranging from bird watching to sports.

Each year, Tobago is filled with different events and activities like Buccoo Goat and Crab race, beautiful warm beaches, bird watching, turtle watching, rainforest, sailing and cruising, water sports, diving sites, marine life, amazine coral reef, Tobago Heritage Festival folk traditions and last but certainly not least, the calypo and steel band shows. You will never get bored. There is too much too see and do at each end of the island. There is always something special to experience.