How and why did we come to Trinidad and Tobago?
It all began in 1838 when slavery was abolished in the West Indian territories. African slaves were no longer to be used as sugar plantation workers. The African slaves were free men and women, no longer made to work for the white British plantation owners.
With the abolition of slavery the British sugar cane planters could not find workers who were willing to work on the sugar cane plantations, for a small wage. Finally in 1845, the British planters, brought in foreign labourers, who were indentured labourers from the sub-continent of India, they came aboard a ship named the Fatel Razack. This immigration of indentured labourers ended in 1917.
Trinidad was a major exporter of sugar cane to the world world and the indentured labourers from India worked long hours, to cut and harvest the sugar cane. They lived on the sugar cane plantations and experienced a very hard life, similar to the African slaves.
A young East Indian woman, she would have been on the voyage many, many years ago with her people. In search of work, a new life and a new place to call home.
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