Arts and Culture
Arts and Culture of Trinidad and Tobago
Welcome to Trinidad and Tobago, the Arts, Culture, and Entertainment centre of the Caribbean. More than anything else, Trinidadians know how to have a good time. From the frenetic activity of the discos and nightclubs to the relaxed Sunday "lime" (hangout) at Maracas Beach, this a population that takes its leisure time very seriously. This section tells you about its people, personalities, places, music, religion, national pastimes and entertainment.
An artist giving voice to the soul of Mas,
lending to the creation of the Tribes in the dance that is Life,
in the celebration that is Carnival.
- 1674 The Dutch built ‘Sterreschan’, the castle in lower Scarborough, whose foundations have been excavated in recent years. In those days, Scarborough was not the capital of the island, which it was not to become until almost 100 years later.
History of Plymouth
- 1642 A number of Courlanders were sent by James Kettler , Duke of Courland to Tobago. They sailed in two ships under Captain Caroon and settled on the north coast at a place that still retains the name of Courland Bay at Plymouth, they succeeded in forming a settlement. The Carib Indians forced them to leave for Dutch Guyana (Surinam).
1660's Many books on Tobago gives the romance of Bloody Bay, where an English fleet under Sir John Harman defeated a combined force Dutch and French, some time in the 1660s. So bloody was the battle that the sea turned red. But the only record in which Sir John engages those nations describes a battle off Martinique. And the origin of Bloody Bay's name remains unsolved.
1781 Tobago was once more under siege, this time again by the French who succeeded in capturing the island. The French with nine ships were sighted on 23 May 1781. The British were under Lt. Governor George Ferguson.
You should see a tall, arched stairway made of brick at the top of the hill. That's the ruins of Les Coteaux Estate House (was this the Alma Plantation House), where the owner of this estate lived. Stairs like these, arched, and made of brick, mark the location of all the eighteenth century estate houses on Tobago. Usually, they aren't quite so grand, nearly all are located on hilltops. This gave access to a breeze, that both provided natural air conditioning and also kept the insect population down.
Some land encounters bordered on the absurd
- In 1666, the French in Grenada, under Governor Vincent, discovered that the British were not holding the island in strength. As France had now entered the war on the side of the Dutch, a small party of men and a few drummer boys were immediately dispatched to attack the British. The French landed at Courland Bay and attacked the post, where they killed a sentry, but not before the others stationed there were able to make their escape, alerting the surrounding countryside.