Articles about Tobago

Deeper learning about Tobago culture, history and values ...

A Compilation of Tobago Superstition and Folklore (PDF)

Tobago is an island rich in superstition and folklore. These tales were handed down from one generation to another by word of mouth or through dance, song, drama and music.

Angelo Bissessarsingh's Virtual Museum of Trinidad and Tobago

This group was established in February 2010 when in a fit of boredom, I decided to share online, some of the photos of my beloved homeland on Facebook. Since then, what began as a whim has grown into a platform where many great and colourful individuals have kindly come on board to share their pearls of wisdom, humor and experience.

Art and Craft Shopping in Tobago

Tobago does possess some very high quality artisans and craft people proudly producing creations that represent elements of local culture. Visitors play a vital role in supporting these local artisans, craft people and communities.

Carnival: An Act of Opposition: Introduction, Northeastern University

African slaves never forgot about where they came from and passed along their memories to each subsequent generation through oral history and reminiscences.

Aspects of Carnival

Dr Rita Pemberton Articles

During the last several years, Dr Pemberton has written more than 140 articles that have been published in the Tobago Newsday newspaper, and some that appeared elsewhere.

Folktakes & Superstitions, Visit Tobago

With influences from West Africa and the French Creole, Folk Tales and Superstitions are a major highlight of Tobago’s history.

Heritage Asset Inventory of Tobago - National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago

The Heritage Asset Inventory is the official list of Trinidad and Tobago’s historic sites that are worthy of notation and preservation. Many of the sites are in a state of ruin that makes them hard to find. Also, the map co-ordinates can by wildly innacurate.

Interview with George Leacock (Senior) (Five part recording on YouTube by Peter Robinson)

It's not so much an interview but a recording of what George Leacock Sr had created in his "Scarborough Heritage Parlour". This was a place that visitors could come in and Mr Leacock would give a tour, describing historical events, artifacts and telling about famous people from Tobago.

This George Leacock died in 2005.

'Episode 1' shows Mr Leacock on his Roxborough Island (Queen's Island) and doesn't really say much. The real presentation starts on 'Episode 2' at 4:53 and then follows through the next three parts.

This is an amazing bit of history as seen by a long time and important resident who shares many valuable insights and he doesn't hold back when revealing details about slave life, and life in general in Tobago.

He also collected many artifacts which were on display in his 'Parlour' in Cuyler Street, just behind where Radio Tambrin is located at #3 Picton Street. His recollection and enthusiasm for telling his stories is impressive and these videos really bring him to life once again. The Tobago Heritage Parlour is still intact.

Landscapes and plantations on Tobago: a regional perspective, PhD Thesis by Christopher Ohm @ U Florida, 1995

Final colonization of Tobago occurred in 1763 when the island was ceded to Great Britain by the Treaty of Paris. Almost immediately, efforts were made to put the land into sugar production. The survey reported here focused on locating all extant remains associated with sugar estates in St. David's Parish, covering an area of approximately 8720 acres (13.6 square miles). These include primarily sugar factories where muscovado sugar, molasses and rum were produced, estate houses where the estate owner lived, and estate villages where the labor used on the estate was housed. A variety of ancillary structures may also be present on a given sugar estate. (Abstract, pg xix)

Northeast Tobago Biosphere Reserve

The North-East Tobago Biosphere Reserve is a rare, largely intact Caribbean Island ecosystem that includes one of the oldest legally protected tropical rainforest reserves in the world, the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve, established in 1776. This forest reserve is the largest of the three so-called "core areas" (most protected areas) of the Biosphere Reserve, which also include the islet of Little Tobago and the St Giles Islets Complex. The total area of the North-East Tobago Biosphere Reserve covers 83,488 ha, with a terrestrial area and a large marine area of 68,384 ha that hosts coral reefs and mangroves, and underwater species such as manta rays.
Overall, 1,774 species have been recorded in the 19 habitat types of the Biosphere Reserve, which is home to globally unique and endangered plants and animals, including 83 endangered species and 41 endemic species. The area comprises 15 communities with rich historical and cultural heritage in North-East Tobago, home to approximately 10,000 residents. By joining the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, the community aims to revitalize cultural and spiritual bonds between people and nature and boost the preservation of this fragile and remarkable human and natural landscape. (UNESCO)

Relics of Tobago's Agrarian History by Brian Nurse, 2014

The rise and demise of agriculture in Tobago and the images of the story they tell.

The taste of Tobago in just one dish by Abigail Blasi, BBC, 4th July 2022

While most of Tobago's food specialties – such as shark and bake, doubles and callaloo – originated in Trinidad, crab and dumpling is quintessential Tobago.

The Waterwheel Saga – Sugar and Rum @ The Taste of Tobago

A robust sugar industry existed in Tobago, one of the southernmost islands of the West Indian archipelago, which is now part of the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago since 1962. The sugar trade of Tobago began considerably earlier than that of Trinidad, in 1665 when the Dutch introduced it. The Taste of Tobago is a publication of the Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute, Mt. St. George, Blenheim, Tobago.

Tobago Heritage Conservation Society by Gabriele De Gaetano (facebook)

An outstanding collection of Tobago cultural and heritage sites. This NPOS was operational in Tobago from 2018 but formally registed in 2020 as a civil society organization responsible for the preservation of Tobago's archaelogical and historical built assets. Buccoo Main Road, upstairs at La Tartaruga Italian Restaurant.

Tobago Heritage Photos (PDF)

Photos of some Tobago Heritage Sites taken by Alan B. Ginn

Trinidad and Tobago's Culinary Scene

This is meant to be the 'appetizer' for a truly satisfying appreciation of Trinidad & Tobago cuisine. Based on the article, 'Eat a food' (Discover TnT) and rounded out with more detail.

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