Slaves, Freedmen and Indentured Laborers in Colonial Mauritius (African Studies)

Slaves, Freedmen and Indentured Laborers in Colonial Mauritius (African Studies)

Language: English

Pages: 244

ISBN: 0521027829

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


This social and economic history of the island of Mauritius, from French colonization in 1721 to the beginnings of modern political life in the mid-1930s, emphasizes the importance of domestic capital formation, particularly in the sugar industry. Describing changing relationships among different elements in the society, slave, free and maroon, and East Indian indentured populations, it shows how these were conditioned by demographic changes, world markets, and local institutions. It brings the Mauritian case to the attention of scholars engaged in the comparative study of slavery and plantation systems.

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