Reform Pretended: Cole and Telfair 1823–8
Assessments of the impact of British rule on the slave population of Mauritius have to take into account two very different influences, humanitarian reform and rapid economic growth. According to Charles Telfair, the two new influences were not inevitably at odds, for enlightened policies meant successful economics. But if he had created anything like the Utopia he would eventually describe this had been, as he would also make clear, his own choice rather than a response to humanitarian pressure.
KeywordsCorporal Punishment Religious Instruction British Rule Slave Population Female Slave
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