Records of the Indian Indentured Labourers

Documentary heritage submitted by Fiji, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2011.

© National Archives Trinidad & Tobago
Man’s Emigration Pass, 1892.

The Indian Indentured immigration was first accounted for in the 1830s and over a period of roughly 100 years 1,194,957 Indians were relocated to 19 colonies. These records are the only documents for ancestral and lineage research for the numerous descendants of those Indian Labourers. The arrival of large groups of Indian labourers in the receiving colonies had immense repercussions, many of which are still being felt today. The Indian Diaspora had an enormous impact on the local economy, the politics and the socio-cultural make up of the colonies.

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