Thursday, August 01, 2013

HAPPY EMANCIPATION DAY.


Emancipation was given to slaves in the British West Indies on the 1st of August 1838, after 450 years of Slavery. In Trinidad a colony with strong French, Spanish and Roman Catholic influences the news of this freedom was greeted by the Afro-Caribbean slaves with Cannes Brulees processions throughout the country.  “After Emancipation the negroes began to represent this scene as a kind of commemoration in their condition and the procession of the ‘cannes brulees’ used to take place on the night o the 1st of August, the date of their emancipation...”[1]



[1] Hill Errol. The Trinidad Carnival. Pg23

A snippet of my dissertation. 


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