Fort King George

Talk about a prize! Tobago changed hands 31 times in 200 years.

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Fort King George

Historic sites don't play a major part in walking & hiking around Tobago, but this magnificently restored fort 400 feet above the capital city of Scarborough has beautifully kept walking paths and excellent panoramic views.

Built in 1777, Fort King George consists of a lighthouse, powder magazine and officer's mess. One building has been converted into an art gallery.

After a prolonged battle, the French took the fort a few years later and renamed it Fort Castries. The French occupied it from 1781-1793.

Recaptured by the British, the fort changed hands several more times, so it's amazing anything at all is left. It finally was abandoned in 1854.

Locals will tell you that Tobago changed hands politically 31 times in 200 years, making their island one of the most traded/fought for landfalls in the Caribbean. Tobagoans are kind of proud for having been so highly prized.

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