The last sugarcane harvest


Commemorating possibly the last harvesting season of sugarcane in Trinidad, these two scenes have since been cleared away for housing and a car rally-racing circuit respectively.

Sugarcane planting started in the early 1700s, and continued for nearly four centuries through slavery and later through indentured labour. A way of life for thousands has come to an unceremonious conclusion, to be trashed in the dustbin of history. Sadly enough, history matters little to Trinidadians living locally. Those living abroad seem to have a better understanding of what has been lost, testament to the fact that 99% of our web traffic comes from foreign countries. Some vestiges of our sugarcane history can be found at the Tate and Lyle museum in London, UK: Tate and Lyle amassing their wealth through the proceeds derived from our sugar. It is ironic that London has more of our history catalogued than we do.

Last Burning

Shadowed trail through the sugarcane

The pictures above were taken with an 8x10 view camera on Kodak Ektachrome 100VS film. We processed the slides in Tetenal E6 developer.

Below we have some of our older pictures from the 90s. They were taken with a Canon EOS 5 on Fujichrome Velvia.

Harvesting sugarcane, Couva.

Burning before a harvest.

Harvested and sunset. Note lens flare.

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