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The History of Indian Indentureship in the Caribbean

May is East Indian Indentureship month:

The following entry is from the St. Stanislaus College Blog which has a number of informative articles and videos on various subjects.  Their Blog address is here

The History of Indian Indentureship in the Caribbean

 May is Indian Arrival Month in Guyana, Trinidad, and Jamaica. This is a good opportunity to learn more about Indentureship fostered by the British in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries.  This Blog entry lists a number of interesting and in-depth articles as well as a book and several videos on this subject.

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Coolies – How Britain reinvented slavery – video

Coolies – How Britain reinvented slavery – video

Watch the 60 minutes documentary here.

Coolies: How Britain Reinvented Slavery tells the astonishing and controversial story of the systematic recruitment and migration of over a million Indians to all corners of the Empire. It is a chapter in colonial history that implicates figures at the very highest level of the British establishment and has defined the demographic shape of the modern world.

Combining archive footage and historical evidence the programme includes interviews with Gandhi’s great-granddaughter, Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie, about Gandhi’s campaign to end indentured labour and David Dabydeen – author and academic – whose great-grandfather was an indentured labourer in British Guyana.