07.12.2010 - 07.12.2010
07 Dec 2010
Tobago takes its name from the tobacco plant. When the sugar market collapsed in 1884 resulting in economic disaster, Tobago was made a ward of Trinidad. Today, the two islands form the independent republic (1962) of Trinidad-Tobago.
A wonder around town this morning taking in the sights including the markets, the Botanical Gardens (many of the same trees and plants as you would find in Brisbane), the Main Street and a solid walk in the humid heat to Fort King George (150m above sea level) and a visit to its small museum. Traffic is, as in all places so far, totally chaotic. Crossing any street is a huge challenge and requires nerves of steel – although most drivers seem to be very considerate to pedestrians.