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Slavery, Health, and Epidemics in Mauritius 1721–1860

  • Sadasivam Jaganada Reddi
  • Sheetal Sheena SookrajowaEmail author
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Abstract

The decline of the slave population during French and British occupation from 1721 to 1870, the high mortality rate, and the impact of epidemics have been less thoroughly examined than other aspects of slavery. The standard work on slave demography remains Kuczynski’s Demographic Survey of the British Empire published in 1949. A few detailed studies on some aspects of the slave population in recent years have helped to clarify certain issues, but most works on slavery remain general (Barker 1996; Teelock 1998; Valentine 2000). This chapter relies on existing studies to provide a survey of the slave population in Mauritius before and after abolition of slavery in 1835 and to look at the major factors that impacted on the slave demography, with a focus on health and epidemics.

Keywords

Slavery Health Epidemics Population 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sadasivam Jaganada Reddi
    • 1
  • Sheetal Sheena Sookrajowa
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.RéduitMauritius
  2. 2.Department of History and Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences and HumanitiesUniversity of MauritiusRéduitMauritius

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