Barbadian Migration to British Guiana,1840-1960 – by Frederick Alleyne

UWI Cave Hill, Barbados – HISTORY FORUM

 on Friday, March 2nd at 4:30 pm

in the New Bruce St. John Room  [located in the Humanities Quadrangle]

 Mr. Frederick Alleyne  will present a paper entitled:

“Barbadian Migration to British Guiana,1840-1960: The Search for ‘El Dorado'”


Guyanese migration to Barbados and other Caribbean territories in the 20th century is now the subject of much debate but the reverse was the case in colonial times when British Guiana was the destination of thousands of Barbadian and West Indian workers. The debate on migration during the 19th century on the issues of national economic development of the countries that sent the migrant and those that received them are not that different from the present discussion. In a recent speech to the local Chamber of Commerce Hon Mia Amor Mottley, M.P former Leader of the Opposition, Barbados Labour Party, stressed the potential of Central And South America to the economic development of Barbados and the Caribbean.  [More -Please see the paper attached]

Full text of the paper: Frederick Alleyne’s Paper

— Post #1049

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  • DMITRI ALLICOCK  On 02/29/2012 at 11:37 am

    As the Demerara Bauxite Company developed in the 1940s, Caribbean workers were encouraged to come to the area of Upper Demerara to share in the promise of a good life.
    Everyone was guaranty employment with Demba and few were turned away. Thousands flocked from the islands of the Caribbean to the area lured by employment, free housing and the likes. A large section of our welcomed neighbours in Silvertown- Wismar Linden were from the many island of the Caribbean like Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia, Antigua, Nevis, St Kitts and others. Some of my High School teachers were from Jamaica, Barbados, Nevis, and Trinidad to name some.

    A fact that the some Caribbean islands need to be reminded of as Guyanese immigrants are “mistreated and turned away from Islands like Barbados, Trinidad and others. “
    The tragic decline of Bauxite and Guyana as a whole after independence and the following political and economic chaos have seen many Guyanese migrating all over the world many countries including the Caribbean Islands. Despite the free travel that Caricom permits, the treatment of many Guyanese have been disturbing and most shocking.
    The Government of Guyana has protested and is involved in trying to prevent this ongoing trend of abuse and discrimination but Barbados seems to be one of the clearly identify culprits and need to be pointed out and shamed!
    We have so much more in common that can serve mutual interest and provide better solutions.
    Much love,

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 02/29/2012 at 5:56 pm

    Well said, Mr. Allicock.

    My own maternal grandfather came from Barbados.

    • arthur telford  On 02/27/2013 at 12:41 pm

      i remember my parents saying that Guyana was the bread basket of the Caribbean and also heard of a certain prime minister remarks of his father going to Guiana to work to take care of his family in one of those small island, but we never shoot any of them.

  • Ann Kennedy  On 03/09/2012 at 12:01 am

    While growing up in Georgetown, Br. Guiana most of the domestics in our home were from Barbados. They came by the droves to work as domestics, pound the bricks to make roads, cut sugar cane, and were there for employment only, since Barbados had no wok. My nanny that took care of us, the cook and the maid in our home all came from Barbados. My grandfather hired them on his various rice estates and had them in the home as domestics also. They were kind and thankful for the work they got in B.G and some of them returned to Barbados and some lived and died in B.G. The oldest living woman in Guyana is from Barbados. I read about her and sent her a gift of money for her 110th birthday. She lives in Berbice. I am not going to mention her name because she has not given me permission to use it and I feel today people are very litigious and one has to be careful. I love visiting Barbados and always found the Bajans friendly. Now they are turning on the Guyanese because they claim we are exporting our criminals to their country. With the Guyanese migration they had an increase in choke and rob in the streets and house break ins which they never had until the Guyanese arrived. I hope this migration mess gets cleaned up soon. I love the beaches in St. James, Barbados. I love visiting Sunset Point and would hate to stop visiting there.

    • Frederick E alleyne  On 02/28/2013 at 11:16 am

      Arthur, the whole Caricom area needs to change its policy on immigration, economics and in general our relationships with each other. This every man for himself and depend on the developed world for solutions has and will not help us. The more I do this research the more I see how relevant it is at this time. We in the Caribbean need to move from the political propaganda of self and force our politicians to act in ways that positively develop our social and economic space.This can only be done through cooperation.

  • Frederick E alleyne  On 07/21/2012 at 3:48 am

    Thanks for the comments. All of us in the Caribbean need to see ourselves as neighbours and family. Caribbean people have migrated to all parts of the Caribbean and the world and have made significant positive contributions wherever they went. All people have negative elements not only Guyanese.
    Any information about Barbadian migrants in Guyana is appreciated for my research.

  • Team-GABI  On 02/26/2013 at 1:31 am

    Reblogged this on Guyanese Association of Barbados Inc.

  • Dmitri Allicock  On 02/26/2013 at 1:36 am


  • guyaneseonline  On 02/26/2013 at 2:07 am

    Reblogged this on Guyanese Online and commented:

    This entry was inserted a year ago on February 29, 2012. We have re-blogged it for those who have not seen it. Quite interesting!!!

  • dennis  On 08/26/2013 at 4:25 am

    No crummy Bajan or other West Indian should be allowed to enter Guyana and work. When I am elected all foreigners will have to go back to where they came from. Then and only then Guyana will we be fully employed.

  • wally n  On 07/13/2020 at 12:45 pm

    My grandfather was a descendant of slaves (Barbadian) I always wondered how he ended up in Guyana and Mackenzie, good to know. I still hate Barbadians and everything Caricom, bunch of freeloaders.

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