Numerous forts and their remains cling to Tobago’s most strategic cliff tops. One of the best preserved is British-built Fort King George near Scarborough, dating back to 1777. There are several buildings to explore here, including the Officer’s Mess and the Belltower, as well as ominous canons pointing seaward. The Barrack House is now the Tobago Museum, housing exhibits from Tobago’s Amerindian history as well as its more recent colonial past – it’s an educational and alternative look at this vacation island.
Fort James, in Plymouth, was a Latvian stronghold – hence its position overlooking Courland (Latvian) Bay. Several canons and a rather overgrown structure are all that remains today of the island’s oldest fort – many visitors come for the views and tranquility. Near Black Rock, a small shelter marks the former site of Fort Bennett, of which just two canons remain. This is another scenic picnic spot. History buffs may want to visit several other sites, including Milford Fort, in Crown Point, and Plymouth’s Courland Monument, a modern tribute built by Latvians on the site of the island’s first European settlement.