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Indian Indentured Laborers in the Caribbean

Abstract

Between 1838 and 1920, more than half a million Indians (South Asians) migrated to the Caribbean as Indian indentured laborers. During the 82-year tenure of the system, Indians had an indelible impact on the Caribbean landscape, not just by fulfilling their ascribed economic role as the proverbial “saviors” of the sugar industry but also in terms of their social, cultural, and emotional presence. The system was terminated in 1920, which set the stage for a new dynamic for those Indians who had opted to make the Caribbean their home, especially since they were now unfettered by the rules, regulations, and restrictions of the system of Indian indenture. This paper endeavors to trace the experiences of these indentured laborers as, at first, sources of labor on the various plantations and, as they left said plantations, as migrants embarking on the very complex journey of settlement in a foreign location, the Caribbean.

Keywords

  • Indian
  • Caribbean
  • Indenture
  • Labor

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Singh, SA. (2019). Indian Indentured Laborers in the Caribbean. In: Ratuva, S. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Ethnicity. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-0242-8_94-1

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