Reconnecting with our ancestral land, Turuch [in Belize]. My puppa stumbled across this fertile jewel about 90 years ago while tapping sapodilla trees to collect chicle.
Over the years, Mr John Hall, with his wife, Lucy Gilharry Hall, 13 children, and his sons- in law farmed the land and reaped bountiful harvest.
The happiest days of my life were spent here, camping, fishing and helping during planting and harvesting.
I have been blessed with many valuable lessons and treasured memories.
In Sylvia’s Facebook page, Nadeen Charley-Selgado replied: “Thanks for sharing Aunt Sylvia. Turuch sure has great treasured childhood memories for us too. Dad used to take us quite often.
Whenever I think of fresh ducuno corn lab and corn pudding, my mind goes back to Turuch. Dad would pick fresh corn, and we all get to work huxing them and help grind. Mom and I loved those days! Priceless memories.”
Marlene Rancharan added: “Those were great times … I can clearly have remembered, even though I was still a child, when gramma and grampa packed the entire family and head to Toroch.
However, I was a bit afraid especially when we got stuck in mud on our way to the lagoon …but with all that, we were happy there …”
Hame Persaud re-joined: “You demonstrate History, Sylvia. Keep fostering these traditions. Your children, & children’s children will live prosperous lives!”
Unlike Indians in other parts of the Caribbean, Indo-Belizeans did not come as indentured labourers from India.
They arrived in three waves of Indian migration, commencing in 1858. The first wave of migrants consisted of 1000 deported ex-soldiers (and their families) who had rebelled against the British Government in India’s First War of Independence/ Sepoy Rebellion.
The second wave of Indians went to Belize in 1872 as ex-indentured workers from Jamaica. The third wave of Indian migrants to Belize left from Guatemala, from where they had gone to work in the coffee plantations in Cafe Mountains.
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