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Trinidad and Tobago
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Indian indentured workers started to arrive in Trinidad in 1845. The cultural situation that they met there was complex. Grand Spanish churches were to be found here and there. French planters waited to add workers to the plantations that they already ran with laborers whose ancestors had been slaves from West Africa. And British government officials at every level were settling in to work and perhaps stay permanently in this comfortable multiracial society. 

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Younger, Paul, “Trinidad and Tobago”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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