Daily Archive for May 25th, 2007

Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad and Tobago

By Dr. Kumar Mahabir
May 25, 2007

IndiansThe Indian heritage day will be observed as a national holiday on Wednesday May 30th.

On May 30th 1845, the Fath Al Razak docked in the Port of Spain harbour in Trinidad and Tobago with 225 adult passengers on board. The passengers were immigrants from India who had come to the British colony to work in the sugarcane plantations after the abolition of African slavery. They had spent 103 days on sea during the arduous and dangerous journey that spanned 14,000 miles (36,000 km). The immigrants were contracted for five to ten years to work in the sugarcane estates in a system that ended in 1917.
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