The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 43, Issue 2

Article 4
An Overlooked Dimension: The Emigration of Barbadian Labourers to Suriname in the Nineteenth Century

Pedro L.V. Welch


The article examines the migration of Barbadian workers to Suriname in the period after 1873, placing that examination against the background of the social and economic conditions faced by Barbadian workers in the post-emancipation period, and then identifying the pull factors that would have enticed workers. Such attractions as access to land and much higher wages provided major inducements to migrate. The article also examines the conditions under which Barbadian migrants worked in Suriname, all in an attempt to uncover the facts of a migration that has hitherto received very little attention in the historiography of the post-emancipation Caribbean.