The Impact of Cyclones on Nineteenth-Century Réunion

  • Alessandro Stanziani
Part of the Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies book series (IOWS)


It is possible to identify a link between environment, debt bondage, and emigration; this chapter discusses the interplay between environment and dependence at the final destination for emigration (as opposed to all of the analyses carried out on the place of origin, which study the relationship between famine, drought, and the need to emigrate). It begins by setting out what is known about cyclones and storms in the Indian Ocean in the period under investigation. It will then detail the impact of climatic disturbances on the island of Réunion, on planters and colonial elites, and on their subsequent attempt to pass the cost on to indentured immigrants.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandro Stanziani
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  1. 1.EHESS and CNRSParisFrance

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