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1015 The Big Mix

CleAnn from Trinidad and Tabago talks about her very multicultural country.

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imageI’m mostly of African descent.

Descent is the background or original place where someone’s family is from.

  1. She looks Asian, but she is actually of Hispanic descent.
  2. In Trinidad and Tobago, almost everyone has descendants from different ethnicities.

indentured laborers

imageWe also have some from parts of Bangladesh, but they came as indentured laborers.

Indentured means to be under a contract or an agreement. A laborer is a worker. In many British colonies, indentured laborers were people who agreed to work for a land owner in exchange for transportation to the colony. Another word for an indentured laborer is an indentured servant.

  1. Many Indians became indentured laborers after the end of slavery.
  2. Indentured servants also worked in exchange for food, housing, and other needs.


imageTrinidad and Tobago mostly were made up of people from Africa who came as slaves.

Slavery is when a land or business owner forces people to work without giving them money. The slaves are not paid for their services and if they refuse to work, then they are often severely punished.

  1. Slavery is illegal worldwide, but there are still millions who live in conditions similar to slavery.
  2. The US prohibited the importation of slaves in 1808.


imageThey came as indentured laborers closer to when slavery was being abolished.

Abolish means to officially stop doing something. Usually, this means that a new law has been created to end a particular action.

  1. Slavery was abolished in Mauritania in 1981.
  2. One of the first countries to abolish the death penalty was Venezuela.


imageMany also come from Europe to settle in Trinidad after retirement.

Retirement is when a person stops working and does not plan to return to work. When an athlete stops playing a sport, it is also called retirement.

  1. A lot of people work really hard so they have enough money to retire early.
  2. I save a small percentage of my paycheck every month for retirement.