Chinese Arrival Day in Trinidad
On October 12, 1806, the Fortitude arrived in Trinidad carrying the first set of Chinese immigrants.
200 Chinese embarked on the Fortitude but 8 passed away on the journey.
The majority were sent to sugar plantations. Some were sent to form a community of farmers and artisans. But the living conditions were dreadful.
Of the 192 Chinese immigrants that arrived on the Fortitude, only 23 opted to stay in Trinidad. The Fortitude returned the remaining workers to China.
There were a total of 9 ships that brought Chinese immigrants to Trinidad from 1806 to 1866.
The Fortitude was lost in 1812.
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