THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TRINIDAD
Publication No. 330.
Recommendations for the Settlement of Tobago by the Lords
Commissioners of Trade and Plantations.
Source :-Calendar of State Papers. Colonial Series. Volume IV.
March 26th, 1764.
As to settling the Island of Tobago the Board of Trade
represents that this Island of Tobago is supposed to contain
140,000 acres, a valuable Island with no inhabitants but a
few Caribs and French turtles.
A survey should forthwith he made and it should then
be divided into Parishes to contain 6,ooo-1o,ooo acres and
suitable lands should be reserved for fortifications, navy yards
and other military purposes.
Towns should be laid out of 5oo-1,000 acres in lots not to
exceed 6 acres each with a 60 feet reservation on the water
side for wharves, quays and other public uses; a glebe for
the Minister of 100oo-200 acres, and 30-60 aceis for a school-
Reserves of woods should be kept in suitable places
sufficient to maintain a necessary rainfall and a suitable
The rest of the lands should be allotted as plantations in
lots of 100-3oo acres. In each parish 800 acres should be
reserved for grants of lots of 10-30 acres for poor settlers near
A Surveyor and Engineer should be sent forthwith to the
Island to prepare accurate plans.