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The Island of Mauritius

Mushirul Hasan

in Exploring the West

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198063117
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080199 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063117.003.0003
The Island of Mauritius

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On the 7th of Shoual, the author arrived at the Mauritius and paid a visit to a person called a Sarang, or an officer of Lascars, and to seven Musselmans who had come (together) to pray at the feast. He recalled that every man had a wife and children, marrying female slaves of the French, and had become their servants, consequently their masters would not allow them to leave. He was very happy to see his countrymen, and through their means, during the sixteen days that he remained on the island, he was comfortably lodged. He also made observations about the Mauritius's plants and animals and slaves who, in their youth and nonage, are brought from Madagascar and Malabar, where they are purchased at a high price (fifty or sixty rupees each) from the ships employed in the slave trade, and are employed in agriculture.

Keywords: Mauritius; Sarang; Lascars; Musselmans; female slaves; French; agriculture; slave trade; Madagascar; Malabar

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