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Guadeloupe's haunted house: Witness to Indian immigrants' travails

Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe), June 11: Legend has it that Maison Zevallos, a large colonial mansion once part of one of the biggest sugar estate on Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean, is haunted by the ghosts of
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IANS June 11, 2013 11:48 IST
Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe), June 11: Legend has it that Maison Zevallos, a large colonial mansion once part of one of the biggest sugar estate on Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean, is haunted by the ghosts of murdered Indian workers.



Said to have been built in the workshop of the maker of Eiffel Tower for a rich man of Louisiana, the prefabricated house was on its way to the US when the ship stopped at Pointe-a-Pitre and its owner was forced to sell the house to pay the high costs of the trip.

Owned today by an Indian-origin family, the grounds of the house also have a memorial for the Indian immigrants who came to this picturesque island in the second half of the 19th century as indentured labourers only to be exploited for endless years by French colonial settlers.

 

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