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Whitby and Hesperus
1media/Whitby and hesperus_thumb.jpg2020-06-22T06:45:02+00:00Saide Singh2a9e06a636eb89311c320b7ffd316e247adb680371The first two ships that brought Indian laborers from India to Guyana.plain2020-06-22T06:45:02+00:00Saide Singh2a9e06a636eb89311c320b7ffd316e247adb6803
Stanza One Whitby and Hesperus: The first two ships that brought Indian laborers from Calcutta, India to Guyana in 1838. Fatel Rozack: Regarded as the first ship to bring indentured laborers from India to Trinidad in 1845.
Stanza Three Rajput Soldiers: These soldiers were part of the Indian army and their name refers to their location in India. Brahmin and Chamar: Brahim refers to the highest caste in India while Chamar refers to the lowest.
Stanza Seven Logie: Long, one-story homes that indentured laborers lived in during British indenture (est. 1850s to 1917) Barrack-rooms: Poorly constructed and badly ventilated rooms given to enslaved peoples and then to the indentured peoples once slavery was abolished in 1834.
Stanza Eight Enmore: A village in the Demerara-Mahaica region of Guyana. Perhaps referring to the riots and protests that took place in 1964 between the Indo and Afro-Caribbean community, Enmore remains a segregated village, with upwards of 90% of residents being Indo-Caribbean. Leonora: A village in the Essequibo Islands-West Demerara of Guyana.
Stanza Nine Coolie: Offensive term used for indentured laborers who came from India or China.
Stanza Ten Cuffy...1763: Cuffy was an enslaved man who led a slave revolt of over 2,500 against the British colonial rule. Des Voeux: William Des Voeux was a British colonial administrator who advocated for the rights of Indian indentured laborers living in Guyana during the 1870s.
Stanza Eleven Beaumont: Chief Justice Joseph Beaumont, long with Des Voeux and Crosby tried to secure the protection and fair treatment of Indian indentured laborers.