The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 42, Issue 2

Article 2
Les Frères Unis (The United Brothers’ Lodge): The French Touch in Trinidad

Cécile Révauger


Abstract

Les Frères Unis (The United Brothers’ Lodge), was chartered in Saint Lucia in 1788 by the Grand Orient de France, brought to Trinidad in 1794, and changed its French charter for an American one and then a Scottish one. The social composition of the lodge reflects the different political and linguistic influences that were at play at the time. Until 1848 the lodge worked in French, in an English colony that was still enforcing Spanish law. As individuals, the masons took part in the legislative debates on slavery and its abolition.