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Mushirul Hasan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198063117

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063117.001.0001

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The Island of Mauritius

The Island of Mauritius

(p.7) 2 The Island of Mauritius
Exploring the West

Mushirul Hasan

Oxford University Press

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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