Convicts in the Indian Ocean (Innbundet)

Transportation from South Asia to Mauritius, 1815-53


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Innbinding: Innbundet
Utgivelsesår: 2000
Antall sider: 204
Forlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN/EAN: 9780333761120
Omtale: Convicts in the Indian Ocean
When the British took control of the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius soon after the abolition of the slave trade, they were faced with a labour-hungry and potentially hostile Franco-Mauritian plantocracy. This book explores the context in which Indian convicts were transported to the island and put to work building the infrastructure necessary to fuel the expansion of the sugar industry. Drawing on hitherto unexplored archival material, the book examines the origins of the convicts and their organization as forced labourers. It also shows how convicts experienced transportation and integrated into the Mauritian social and economic fabric.

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