I have been researching my family history since 1998 and have found the internet a great way to share what I've learnt and hopefully expand on it with others.
The surnames I am researching are-
Ramsingh, Sampath, Ramdin/Ramdeen, Toolsie, Springer, Deosingh/Dowsingh, McCrorie and Macksoodan in the areas San Fernando, Tabaquite, Fyzabad and Rousillac, Trinidad W.I.
Have a look at the various files and photos i've attached and please contact me if you have any information.
"Cocoa became, especially from the 1860s, a source of wealth for Trinidadians of all classes, conditions and colours. From small farmers to very large estates, the demand for Trinidad-grown cocoa created a trickle-down of wealth. Everyone got something. Money from the cocoa economy allowed middle and lower class people to provide an education for their children, enabling a generation to become teachers, doctors, lawyers, engineers and surveyors, and as such leave behind the prison of poverty and ignorance."
Newsday Historical Digest
August 26, 2001
"Much bless'd by Providence is Trinidad;
Flowers and fruits perpetual, trees ever green,
Our scenery most rich and beautiful;
The people of all nations, countries, races,
French, English, Spanish, Scotch, or Portuguese,
From Afric's or fair India's hotter shores;
Creoles, Coolies, Chinese, their language,
Manners, customs, everything so different."
Sketch of Trinidad: The Canadian Mission and the Opening of the Presbyterian College in San Fernando, Trinidad.
By Mary Alice Clarke, 1892