Jahajee ~ People of the Ship
In the United States, Caribbean people of East Indian ancestry call themselves, Indo-Caribbean, and they continue to honor and cherish the word "jahajee" which literally translates as "people of the ship" or "ship people". In a broader context, the term "people of the ship", we can all find common identification with being brought by ships from our ancestral homes as slaves from Africa, as bound-coolies from Asia, or as refugees from Europe, fleeing hunger and starvation, war and concentration camps, political and economic chaos.
- 1938 - The Whitby, the first ship of Indentured Indians to the Americas, landed in Guyana.
- 1845 - The Maidstone, the first ship of Indentured Indians landed at Old Harbour Bay , Jamaica.
- 1845 - The Fatal Al Razak, the first ship of Indentured Indians landed in Trinidad and Tobago.
- 1873 -The Lalla Rook, the first ship of Indentured Indians landed in Suriname.