it hurts that British indenture history isn’t taught in India/South Asia – that 85% of the time when I tell South Asians that I’m from Guyana, no matter their age or gender or immigration history, they have no idea where it is and/or had no idea there were South Asians (and other Asians) in the Caribbean. That percentage is likely an underestimate.
Our present-day stats (South Asians currently in the Caribbean as a result of indentured servitude):
- 625,000 in Trinidad and Tobago
- 327,000 in Guyana
- 148,443 in Suriname
- 61,500 in Jamaica
- 60,000 in Guadeloupe
- 43,600 in Martinique
- 19,276 in French Guiana
- 12,000 in Grenada
- 6,000 in Belize
- 5,900 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- 400,000 Indo-Caribbean people in America, just from Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, where statistics are difficult as they are often classified as Black, Asian, and mixed
- 25,000 Indo-Trinidadian people in the UK, with Indo-Guyanese and -Jamaican statistics unknown
In all, more than 2 million. Other estimates say 2.5 million in the Caribbean alone are of Indian descent (although this would include other migration events).
- 460,000 in Fiji
- 882,000 in Mauritius
3-4 million. Read up. This is your history, too.
Additional links about Indian Indenture System:
- Indentured labour from South Asia (1834-1917)
- Indentured Labor and the Indian Diaspora in the Caribbean
- Indian indentured labourers