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By Marina Carter, James Ng Foong Kwong

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27 ANOM G1/505/6 Liste des Gens Morts aux Hopitaux du Roy pendant l’annee 1783 et porté sur les Registres des paroisses de cette Isle. 28 ANOM G1 476 Recensement: année 1788. 29 ANOM EC Pamplemousses, 1789. 2. 18th century Canton the conquest of 1810, to import ‘free’ labour to bolster and then to replace the dwindling slave population. The first British Governor of Mauritius, Sir Robert Townsend Farquhar was enthusiastic about the possibility of importing Chinese artisans and agriculturalists.

15 A rather different story emerges from the official Mauritian sources wherein it is stated that the traumatized Chinese who survived the 12 Etat de la vente des esclaves faisant partie de la cargaison du Bot no. 2 envoyé par le comte d’Estaing de Bancoul à l’île de France et naufragé à Bourbon, 1761, described in Lougnon, Albert Classement et Inventaire du Fonds de la Compagnie des Indes, G. Couderc, Nerac, 1956. 13 India Office Records [IOR] G/35/31 Court of Directors to Resident, Fort Marlborough, 4 June 1762.

117. 24 chapter one passage to the Isle of France could not be persuaded to work. DesforgesBoucher, the French Governor, reported that the men were “overcome with sorrow”, by the loss of their relatives, and furthermore were “not labourers, but merchants”. This was confirmed by the Chinese kapitan at Batavia, who requested their return. 16 These labourers were classed as free, as it is most probably they who are represented in the 1761 census as among the ‘noirs libres’ or free blacks—the term noir being, at this time, a catch-all term for any person who could not be classified as ‘white’, the top tier of the population.

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