This chapter includes the following articles.
The smaller island of Tobago has a history of colonial rule by a succession of different European powers, including Spain, France and Britain, and in 1889 the British government first grouped the island with Trinidad under a single colonial administration. Trinidad & Tobago sought and achieved independence from British colonial rule in 1962 and became a repub¬lic in 1976. A significant proportion of the population has, however, consistently sought greater autonomy for Tobago within the existing constitution of the twin-island republic, and from time to time a smaller group on Tobago has argued for full independence. Tourism remains the strongest single economic activity in Tobago. The 300-sq-km island offers beautiful beaches, tropical forests and a wide range of leisure activities. Attractions include the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserve, a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status, and Pigeon Point Beach, which has been ranked among the world’s best beaches by media outlets such as CNN and the UK’s The Guardian. This chapter contains an interview with Orville London, Chief Secretary, Tobago House of Assembly (THA).