ADUA SURI NOTES
¼ Hana Tiny simple notes in various styles
½ Hana Tiny simple notes in various styles
1 Hana Tiny simple notes in various styles
2 Hana Tiny simple notes in various styles
4 Hana Tiny simple notes in various styles
5 Hana Tiny simple notes in various styles
30 Hana Tiny simple notes in various styles
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ABOUT ADUA SURI
Area 49.422 acres
Per Capita Income $880.00 per annum
Little, if anything has been known of Adua Suri until recent times and still today, much remains to be recorded of their history.
We do know that Adua Suri was populated by people from South India. Adua Suri was claimed by a man who was reputed to be a charismatic world traveler. His name is not known. The legend, or dare I say history, begins with this gentleman meeting a young Afghani tribesman several years before the discovery of Adua Suri. The teen was befriended by the world traveler. The teen left his homeland to explore the world with his new friend. The young Afghani's name is not known by this writer.
The story continues that the two found a number of untouched Indian Ocean islands, opting to establish the Indian Ocean Fruit Company in 1880 on the islands of the Blenheim Reef in the British Indian Ocean Territory. The islands were quickly planted and worked by the South Indian workers who resided on the island. Our world traveler had convinced his young Afghani friend to stay behind to manage the islands. About 1883, a storm hit the islands, washing over the islands and destroying the plantings. The project was abandoned.
After Blenheim was abandoned, an island named Elizabeth Cay was planted. The young Afghani was put in charge of the same workers and the planting went well. The young Afghani was allowed to name the island, choosing Morning Sun in his native Kalasha language. He was known to be a fair and generous boss. Things went well for a few years and production was good. The problem was the 'out of the way' location of Middleton Reef. It cost so much to get the harvest to market, it was not profitable. The company went bankrupt and the island was abandoned by the world traveler, leaving his Afghani boss and the small South Indian workers to fend for themselves.
Later, when the British took control of this area of the Indian Ocean, the population was relocated to Mauritius. Most went to work on other islands in the Indian Ocean, but they soon tired of Mauritius. They requested to be brought back to their island. For three years their requests fell on deaf ears before most of the group took up transportation arrangements on their own.
It has been said the British and United States Governments are aware of the habitation of Elizabeth Cay, but will not say the island is inhabited. Most sources state the "official" stance that Elizabeth Cay is a sand cay void of vegetation although an unnamed source says it is a lush tiny tropical isle inhabited by a shy bunch of people who are quiet but friendly. The same report claims the island is visited by the seafaring gypsies, the Moken, who trade with the islanders. It seems this trade has become even more pronounced since the tsunami that struck the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004. It is likely this group of Moken was displaced by the tsunami.
Adua Suri Money
The local currency is the Hana. This is the term for an early coin in South India. The exchange in the 1800s was 1/16th of a rupee. Some say the Hana is 1/10 of a gram of gold or a bit less than 1.5 grains of gold.
Tiny thick paper notes in various colors, primitively printed, have been circulated in the following denominations: 1/4 Hana, 1/2 Hana, 1 Hana, 2 Hana and 30 Hana. They are undated and have been found in 3 different styles.
One may only speculate that the Hana would be valued at about 1.5 Euros based on gold prices, assuming the original value of the Hana is used. If tied to the Indian Rupee, based on current values, it would take about 700 Hana to equal one United States dollar. According to one website, a Hana in the era of 1520-1525 AD, would purchase 3 bunches of grapes or 10 pomegranates. In 1979 prices, the same would cost 10 rupees, one-hundred and sixty times the price the same item would be in the 1520s. Judging by this website account, then a Hana would be valued at about 22 cents in U.S. Currency.
The Hana certainly could have a local specific value, which seems the most logical option.
It is understood there may be other local currency that had been circulated on the island but research on this subject is still being conducted. About all that can be assumed at the moment is that the numbers of any local currency would be small. We can say research has shown any coinage would probably not have been made of any precious metal. The reasoning is the vulnerable island might be pillaged by pirates or that some workers might obtain weapons to take control of the island.