Abolitionist Intrusions 1810–15

  • Deryck Scarr


COLONIES were for supplying their metropoles with cheap raw material and making money for partnerships, companies, individuals investing or merely taking posts in them. Placemen abounded, probably looking for preferment elsewhere. The Creole’s own love for his island soil sometimes struck the more sceptical among observers from both sides of the Channel as running second to a desire to return to France in particular with a competence. A memorialist in Paris once advised the Minister for Marine and Colonies to people Seychelles with young foundlings on six arpents of land apiece, working hard at agriculture themselves, peasant proprietors rather than slave-owning planters, in order to keep them from a life of ease, opulence and idleness leading to the swift return home.1


Indian Ocean White Shark Slave Owner East India Company Draught Animal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deryck Scarr
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Advanced StudiesThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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