Convicts in the Indian Ocean

Transportation from South Asia to Mauritius, 1815–53

  • Clare Anderson

About this book


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, it is shown how convicts experienced transportation and integrated into the Mauritian social and economic fabric.


Expansion India trade

Authors and affiliations

  • Clare Anderson
    • 1
  1. 1.Economic and Social HistoryUniversity of LeicesterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2000
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-41427-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-59654-2
  • Buy this book on publisher's site