Corruption Concealed: The Farquhar Era 1810–22

  • Anthony J. Barker
Part of the Cambridge Commonwealth Series book series


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.


Slave Trade British Rule Slave Population Official Return Parliamentary Inquiry 
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    Gwyn Campbell, ‘Madagascar and Mozambique in the Slave Trade of the Western Indian Ocean 1800–1861’, in William Gervase Clarence-Smith, ed., The Economics of the Indian Ocean Slave Trade in the Nineteenth Century (London. 1989), pp. 166–70; Paul E. Lovejoy, Transformations in Slavery: A History of Slavery in Africa (Cambridge, 1983), pp. 77–8, 238.Google Scholar
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    Robert Townsend Farquhar, Suggestions Arising From the Abolition of the African Slave Trade, for Supplying the Demands of the West India Colonies with Agricultural Labourers (London, 1807); Telfair to Commissioners of Eastern Inquiry, 9 May 1827, CO 415/10, Return A296.Google Scholar
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    [Capt. Richard Vicars], Representation of the State of Government Slaves and Apprentices in the Mauritius, with Observations; by a Resident who has never possessed either land or slaves in the colony (London, 1830), pp. 9–10; Evidence of Joseph Bailey, CO 167/138; ‘Report of Commissioners of Inquiry’, p. 44.Google Scholar

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© Anthony J. Barker 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony J. Barker
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

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