THE Moruga Road, which links Princes Town to the driftwood-littered bay at the south coast village of Gran Chemin, is one of Trinidad’s oldest.
The bay likely was a port of entry for the island’s original settlers, who paddled from mainland South America aboard dugouts and who used the trail to travel inland as part of a network criss-crossing the island.
The path would later be followed by the Europeans who in the 18th century began establishing plantations of cocoa and coffee, now mostly abandoned.
It is along this road, just past the few remaining cocoa fields, and a couple corners from the coast, that the traveller today would come upon the unlikely scene of a life-sized statue of Jesus Christ standing outside a house that is more than 100 years old, a single red painted cross on the wall.
The Express went to this residence last week in search of Eric Lewis, a man who, we were told, had been quietly researching the pre and post-colonial history of Moruga and has amassed a hoard of relics to rival anything that can be found in a museum in Trinidad.
He had been nicknamed by late Express journalist and historian Louis B Homer as the Prince of Moruga, and we expected to be confronted by a someone as wrinkled and wily as 80-year-old Homer was before his passing.
Wrong. It turned out that baby-faced Lewis is just 28 years old and looks even younger. But he is already something of an expert, having invested considerable time (he started at age ten), and a lot of his own money, into exploring, finding, cataloguing and presenting the discoveries he made in a part of Trinidad for which there is little detailed research into the activities of the First Peoples.
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