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: 


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