Most(not all) Indian made a choice to become indenture laborer,one can argue and say they knowingly put themselves in harms way providing they knew the legacy of the British.Africans were allowed to leave d plantations because they were free.U make it sound as if Indians where thrown into "jail/killed " out of the blue.Many of them knew the legacy of the British before they were indentured.when u play with fire u will get burnt.What do you think I meant by black laborers on estates having their crops outsold by their contemporaries.
Indians were not chased down or prone to get arrested as convicts so they can be indentured laborers as blacks were in Guyana during the post emancipation years.
No, Indians were bound to the estate which meant that if they left the estate and didn't have a pass they were thrown in jail which frequuently occured as managers did not want to issue passes to Indians and this kept on occuring even after their indentureship was over. Africans were allowed to leave the estate at will.
Blacks did buy the land and thats why many of them were in free villages.
The point is many British whites and owners of farms would rather hire a group of Indian indentured servants than Black Laborer gangs.
Do you know why? The Indians were contractually bound to the British whites. As in slavery, the had no out save to escape to the bushes with death being the consequence. It wasn't a matter of racial preference. It was a matter of their labour being much much cheaper than what Africans (rightfully) demanded as payment.
Who told you blacks went to cities as laborers only, isn't Anns Groove,Golden Grove,Enmore, etc villages were blacks used the black lands to labor and plant their crops.
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Note my use of language "providing they knew the legacy of the British " Donot entertain the idea of comparing indenture ship with slavery.Some one asking me if I want to go into a lion's den vs someone just throwing me into a lions den are 2 completely different concepts.when choose is removed then labour can be classified as " slavery".
If u were to say to me the British tricked the Indians once they got to Guyana or Trinidad I would agree with you,however one can argue and say if they knew that they were really "slaves" why did some of them resigned contracts" African worked as free man
Blacks if allowed to buy land (note my use of language ) ,bought land at much higher price then Indians because of their race and the hatred of the whites towards them.price of labour black vs Indian was not the only factor,the plantation owners had a vendetta against blacks,if blacks had been quiet about their suffers,there would be no emancipations.No emancipation =no need for paid labour.Plantation owners had a vindictive mentality.when someone makes an informed decision to go into a shit hole u canot compared that to legitimate suffering.