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Indentureship and independence

John Gladstone, the owner of Plantation Vreed-en-Hoop, was regarded as a prime mover for indentureship. In his now famous (or infamous) letter of 4 January, 1836, to recruiters in India, he painted a glowing picture of the possibilities: “They are furnished with comfortable dwellings and abundance of food…They have likewise an annual allowance of clothing sufficient and suitable for the climate….it may be fairly said they pass their time agreeably and happily…They have regular medical attendance whenever they are indisposed, at the expense of their employers.

Pomeroon closeness

It’s the middle of the day on Alexander Street in Kitty; as I’m walking across the road a voice calls out from one of the parked cards I’ve just passed; “Dave.”  I turn trying to identify which car it came from. 

Remembering Critchlow’s contributions

Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow

By Nigel Westmaas   How the Poor Live “…There has been a good deal said on all sides, but personally I sympathise with all the laboring sections in the colony and my organisation as well as myself feel not alone for the sections we approached the Chamber of Commerce on behalf but also for the much underpaid clerks, who as well toil faithfully and hard for their meagre stipends, and are exposed to the same cruel, vicious nefarious and highly immoral profiteering system existing.