The New International Encyclopædia/Tobago
TOBA′GO or TABAGO. An island of the British West Indies, belonging to the colony of Trinidad, and situated 22 miles northeast of the island of that name (Map: West Indies, R 9). Area, 114 square miles. It is of volcanic origin and is mountainous, with peaks rising about 2000 feet above the sea. The climate is warm, and the rainfall on the windward side amounts to 66 inches. Sugar and coffee have been the staple products, but cotton, tobacco, and cacao are now receiving more attention, and a large number of rubber trees have been planted. The volume of trade amounts to about $150,000 annually. Population, in 1901, 18,750, chiefly negroes. The chief town, Scarborough, has about 1000 inhabitants. The island was discovered by Columbus in 1498, and became a British possession in 1763.