Leper Colony, Trinidad, B.W.I.

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This photograph gives us a glimpse of a few buildings and the vegetation at the leper colony on Chacachacare Island, off Trinidad's north west coast, British West Indies. It showcases a number of single and two-story buildings behind a few gaunt trees: a Naked Indian tree at centre and a Silk Cotton or Kapok at left. The Leprosarium was housed on this relatively remote island from 1927 to July 1984, as Leprosy was considered contagious and until the middle of the twentieth century, there was no cure. Dominican Nuns were primary caregivers of the lepers. They came to Trinidad in 1868 to care for the lepers then housed at Cocorite.
Colour: Sepia; Style: Landscape; Other: Bordered, Undivided
Funding for this project has been provided by Mrs. Irma E. Goldstraw.
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Trinidad and Tobago, Postcards, Leprosy--Hospitals--Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican sisters--Trinidad and Tobago, Trees--Trinidad and Tobago, Kapok--Trinidad and Tobago, Buildings--Trinidad and Tobago, Islands--Trinidad and Tobago, Church work with leprosy patients--Trinidad and Tobago, Leprosy--Patients--Trinidad and Tobago