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July 07, 2003

The wreck of the Trouvadore

The Trouvadore was a Spanish slaver wrecked near Middle Caicos in 1841. Slavery having been banned in the British empire, its crew were imprisoned while all but one of the slaves on board were to survive and become free:

Archivists and archaeologists say that many of the 20,000 residents of the Turks and Caicos are direct descendants of 193 African men and women who were shipwrecked there more than a century and a half ago.

Archaeologists now hope to find and study the wreck of the Trouvadore to piece together a lost history. The Turks and Caicos islands are also the site of a more recent lost opportunity. The Canadian government of 1987 turned down the people of the islands when they asked to become part of Canada.

Tonight, sixteen years ago residents of the Turks & Caicos came cap in hand asking Ottawa to consider annexing their string of impoverished Caribbean islands. It would have meant an instant tropical vacation destination that was actually part of Canada with Canadian dollars, Mounties and no need to clear customs. The Mulroney government said "no thanks" citing concerns over racial tension and international image. Their final conclusion, there was no economic benefit to Canada.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 7, 2003 07:08 AM

Comments

Then there's that darn empire building image. Must not do anything to resemble neighors to the south (along with other no-no's like maintaining military, etc.)

Posted by: Fred Kiesche at July 8, 2003 12:22 PM

And this is (part of) the price we pay.

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at July 8, 2003 08:27 PM