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Caribbean history comprises of a long and tumultuous colonial past Guyana and Trinidad both have a rich cultural past however it is a history that has been marred by its own people its adopted natives Much of both countries history has been soiled First by the race issues created by the Europeans then secondly by petty jealousies each race East Indian and African had towards each other But let my point about the ethnic divide be put with more focus the two races are the two main groups in these two countries are East Indian and Blacks My country Guyanas motto is One People One Nation One Destiny and likewise Trinidads motto is Together we Aspire Together we Achieve it is indeed ironic that this is far from true Trinidads makeup is 396 African and 403 East Indian vis--vis Guyanas ethnic make-up 51 East Indian and 43 Afro-Guyanese1 While Guyana and Trinidad are not located in the similar geographic location sharing a similar ethnic makeup has resulted in a similar past and most likely a future where racial conflict will continue undoubtedly to affect their society This racial divide has detrimentally affected both countries the effects can be noticed socially economically and politically It will continue unless there is more regard for this fragile coexistence between East Indian and African One might ask how are these two countries are easily comparable since they are not located in similar geographic settings one an island the other a mainland country however there are many characteristics common to both countries Guyana and Trinidad have experienced major similarities in development of their societies Both were British colonies Africans were enslaved in both countries and Indians brought to be indentured to replace them Both Indian and African are the two major ethnic groups Both are characterized by a high degree of conflict between the two major ethic groups and the organization of their political system along virtually rigid ethnic lines
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