for the years 1996-2007
Richard B. Francis
Sep 1 1996, 3:00 am
From: Richard B. Francis <Y...@ix.netcom.com>
I am looking for any help that anyone can provide on finding information about
the St. Lucian families (of East Indian descent) of Cheddie, Rattie, Kisna,
Merahie, and Ramdath. It has been passed down from older family members that
our families were brought to the Caribbean to work on the sugarcane
plantations there. Some siblings went to St. Lucia others were sent to
Trinidad and maybe even Guyana.
Richard B. Cheddie
May 24 1997, 3:00 am
From: "Richard B. Cheddie" <Y...@ix.netcom.com>
Here is a response that I received about the availability of records once
kept by St. Lucian plantation families concerning East Indian indentured
laborers. I shall continue to post other responses received via e-mail that
may be of help for other researchers. I encourage others to do the same.
Not only does my family have no records of its estates in St Lucia, it
has almost completely lost all knowledge of its past. Some branches of the
family did not even know we were from St Lucia. Everything I have found
concerning my family, and more broadly, St Lucia history in general, was
done from scratch by going to archives and libraries.
Newsgroups:soc.genea logy.we st-indies
Subject: [CARIBBEAN-L] Indian migration
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NEVIS' Early INDIANS
In my continuing look at the Caribbean Indian diaspora, I examine this week
the documentation on indentured Indians in Nevis. This is a follow-up of an
article I did on the sister island of St. Kitts (see Independent of March
Nevis is a fascinating island, geographically and historically. Volcanic in
origin the towering Nevis Peak hovers over this whole island and clearly
visible from just about anywhere. At 3232 feet, it is higher than our El
Cerro del Aripo, 3085, Trinidad's highest mountain. Recent events show the
interconnections of vulcanicity in that with every eruption at the
Soufriere Hills volcano, Montserrat, the residents at Charlestown, Nevis,
reported that the water from their hot spring ran cold!
Historically, Nevis has had some impressive settlers and visitors over its
road of time.
Archaeological excavations show that the first inhabitants went there about
four thousand years ago. On November, 1911, Christopher Columbus' vessels
anchored off the coast. In 1907 the explorer, Captain John Smith, whose
memory was recently revived in the movie, Pocahontas, spent several days at
Nevis on his way to found the Virginia colony in North America.
Nevis was the birth place of Alexander Hamilton who later went to America
and became the Secretary of the United States Treasury. Africans also came
in large numbers to work as slaves.
Today they form the largest population group. And in 1874, the lone voyage
of Indian indentured workers arrived from Calcutta.
Perhaps what is most praiseworthy is the serious and successful attempt by
the authorities and interested personnel to preserve the island's rich and
diverse history. The Nevis Historical and Conservation Society ( NHCS ), "
Was founded in 1980 to conserve the natural and cultural history of Nevis
by collecting artifacts and archival materials, publishing pertinent
information and researching and making information available."
With those objectives in mind the NHCS opened the Museum of Nevis History
at the birth place of Alexander Hamilton and the Horatio Nelson Museum
followed in 1992. The friendly, helpful and courteous staff led by Mr.
Robinson acceded to my every request for material and for photocopying at a
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