Friday, May 02, 2014

"The Merikens: The Forgotten Freedom Fighters": slaves freed during the War of 1812 after fighting for the British


The Merikens: The Forgotten Freedom Fighters” (also called "The Merikens in Trinidad")  is a 30-minute documentary, directed by Dahlia Dennison, giving the history of former slaves freed during the War of 1812, and eventually settling in Trinidad (north of Venezuela) and Tobago.


The Merikens escaped their masters and fought for the British, and then were settled into the new island home, a territory that comprised six “companies” with residential streets named after them.  The group practiced the Baptist faith.  A typical history of the group is here.  


The film offers commentators from British and Canadian officials. 



The film is shown at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.
 I did wonder, while watching the film, if the history of the group could have had any impact on the left-wing history of Venezuela (with Hugo Chavez). 

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