Alvin Baptist Church – birthplace of Trinidad Baptist religion

Baptist Church Mount Alvin sits quietly on a little from the & # 39; Congress with Hindustan Road on the outskirts of New Grant Trinidad in the south. This unpretentious church, but it can be considered the epicenter of the Baptist religion in Trinidad and Tobago. This church was established in 1816 and the significance of this date is associated with the settlement of "Merykeny" Trinidad in the same year.

In 1816 demobilized Africans who served in the British Army during the War of 1812 between the British and the British, were settled in Trinidad in what became known as "The Company of the village." By AB X & # 39; yugins in his book "The Saga of the company," the term "Merykens" arose from the fact that these persons could not properly pronounce the letter A in American. John McNeil Weiss in his book "The case of colonial marines' claims that these soldiers" Merykina "were slaves in the United States, who were promised freedom if they fought for the British. Vyarbavanyya British first in Maryland and Virginia, and later in Georgia, they were combat unit, whose highly praised for his valor and discipline.

When in April 1815 the British army company went to his home in England, six black mouth became 3rd Colonial Battalion Battalion, garnizovvayuchysya in Bermuda on the island of Ireland. They performed garrison duties and worked by artisans and laborers in the building of the new Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda. When it was proposed to transfer to the West Indian stick, men have rejected the idea. Their persistent intransigence finally forced the British government to offer to place them in Trinidad as independent farmers. After the adoption of proposals they left Bermuda July 15, 1816. The first group of 71 x settled in Dunmore and Elvin mountains, and the second with 72 lodged in Indian walk.

These were religious people who adhered to the Baptist religion, which is practiced in the south of the United States. Despite the fact that there was no priests, there were 5 people who were called preachers of the Anabaptists, who conducted the Sunday rites among them. One of these people was known as Brother William Hamilton. In 1808 the London Missionary Society (Baptist) sent workers in Guyana and Tobago, and in 1809 one of them, Adam Thomas, moved to Trinidad. He later Rev. George Cohen, working on the creation of the Church of St. John the Baptist at the Port of Spain, Trinidad and assist these African-American ex-slave who practice version of the Baptist faith. Over time, similarity of religion led to the adoption of the Baptist missionaries version of the faith, which became known in Trinidad, London baptystse.

Over time, however, according to the Ashram Stepltana in his book "The birth and growth of the Baptist Church in Trinidad and Tobago", took place the schism, as some people in the church wanted to incorporate some African practices, and the London Missionary Society frowned on this practice. In the end, these people have left the church and were called first "naughty Baptists" and, finally, Spiritual Baptists or gaudy. Other differences between the Baptists of London led to a further variation of the Baptist religion with the development of independent fundamental Baptists and Baptists.

Thus, today Baptist Church Mount Alvin sits quietly, with views of the fields on which to work and create the African-American ex-slaves, while continuing to adhere to the version of London Baptists, but has given rise to all the Baptist religion in Trinidad.

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