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6 Facts About Slavery in Trinidad That Shaped the Society

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Amerindian Influence

Amerindian (Caribs and Arawaks) people existed in Trinidad for as long as 6,000 years before the arrival of Christopher Columbus and numbered at least 40,000 at the time of Spanish settlement in 1592. The Amerindians also gave Trinidad and Tobago its first major rebellion: the Arena Uprising of 1699, led by Chief Hyarima. Hyarima’s military prowess and relentless determination to rid his country of Spanish colonists made for an able leader and a great warrior. Unfortunately, the Amerindians could not survive the disease, warfare, murder, forced labor and rape brought on by the Spanish. It would lead to their near extermination. Today, few full-blooded descendants remain.

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  1. East Indians arrived in Trinidad AFTER slavery ended in the 1840's, in fact the end of slavery prompted mass immigration from India to fill the void left by Africans…

  2. From the history of Trinidad and Tobago that I learnt, your six facts are all mainly wrong. The Cedulla of Population was as a result of Catholic Protestant warring in Europe. The view of East Indians as industrious and Africans as lazy is completely wrong. You forget that many Africans were slave owners. Your post is designed to satisfy an African American stereotype of West Indian history. It's a gross misrepresentation of our history!

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