Migration, Mining, and the African Diaspora: Guyana in the by B. Josiah

By B. Josiah

From the overdue 1800s, African employees migrated to the mineral-rich hinterland components of Guyana, mined gold, diamonds, and bauxite; different the country's economic climate; and contributed to nationwide improvement. using actual property, monetary, and demise documents, in addition to oral bills of the exertions migrants besides colonial officers and mining businesses' details kept in nationwide files in Guyana, nice Britain, and the U.S. Library of Congress, the examine situates miners into the historic constitution of the country's fiscal improvement. It analyzes the staff charm to mining from agriculture, their options of "order and progress," and the way they formed their lives in optimistic methods instead of turning into mere sufferers of colonialism. during this contentious plantation society affected by opposed family among the commercial elites and the laboring type, as well as generating the strategically vital bauxite for the aviation period of worldwide Wars I & II, for nearly a century the employees braved the ecologically opposed and occasionally lethal environments of the gold and diamond fields within the quest for El Dorado in Guyana.

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