Corruption Concealed: The Farquhar Era 1810–22
The related issues of the illegal slave trade and the brutality of slavery in Mauritius had been seized on in the 1820s as a useful way of both discrediting former Governor Farquhar and stimulating the antislavery cause. The verdict of history — to the small extent that the issue has been discussed — has been that the antislavery attack on Farquhar and his regime was unjustified but that the depiction of slave atrocities was broadly true. The nature of the slave regime is a question that will be dealt with at length in chapters 4 to 9 below. This chapter is concerned with unravelling the complicated story of the illegal slave trade and the interaction between Farquhar and a handful of British associates, on the one hand, and the Franco-Mauritian plantocracy on the other.
KeywordsSlave Trade British Rule Slave Population Official Return Parliamentary Inquiry
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