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An indentured family in Plantation Leonara, Guiana. Courtesy Rajkumari Cultural Center.

Asian American Writers' Workshop - A Coolie Woman’s Work is Never Done

In 1903, a young woman sailed from India to Guiana as a “coolie” - the British name for indentured laborers who replaced the newly emancipated slaves on sugar plantations all around the world. Pregnant and traveling alone, this woman, like so many of the indentured, disappeared into history. Now, in Coolie Woman, her great-granddaughter Gaiutra Bahadur embarks on a journey into the past to find her. #Books #History #Caribbean

Journalist Gaiutra Bahadur traces the journey of her great-grandmother from Calcutta to the Caribbean as a "coolie" and also excavates the buried history of the quarter million other women who left India as indentured plantation laborers.

The term "Coolie"

Indian female "Coolie woolwashers" in century South Africa

The Arrival of the Portuguese in British Guiana

Portuguese emigration from Madeira to British Guiana

Guyana Cultural Association of New York Inc. Newsletters - Indian Arrival in Guyana

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