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Records of the Indian Indentured Labourers

Registration year: 2017
Submission year: 
2016

Documentary heritage submitted by St. Vincent and the Grenadines and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2017. The "Records of the Indian Indentured Labourers" were recommended as an addition to the "Records of the Indian Indentured Labourers" inscribed in the Memory of the World Register in 2011.

Following the granting of emancipation by England there was, in most colonies, a universal shortage of cheap labour, particularly for agricultural work. The colonial government devised a scheme to send, under a system of indentureship, Indians to those colonies which were experiencing a labour shortage. Between 1861 and 1880, 2,474 Indians arrived in St. Vincent. The Records of the Indian Indentured Labourers (Fiji, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago) already inscribed on the International Register bears testimony to the effect and contribution that Indians have made to the receiving societies and cultures. This nomination extends that inscription and narrative by providing details of the documentary heritage of Indian Indentureship as it occurred in St. Vincent.

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