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'Hill Coolies' Landing in Mauritius
ZPER 34/1, Illustrated London News, 6 August 1842,
pp. 193-4


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HILL COOLIES LANDING AT THE MAURITIUS.
The subject of the article which precedes this engraving, makes it not inappropriate that we should here introduce an illustration of another of those forms of human grievance, which closely, in our humble opinion, approximate to the crimes that are perpetrated by the slave-trade itself. Here are groups of that particular class of labourers which, in the Glossary - opens new windowEast Indies, are termed hill Glossary - opens new windowcoolies - inveigled from their native clime and home, and imported for the pur- pose of working out in a species of slave labour the ends of gain of the planters and merchants of the Mauritius. There is every reason to believe, moreover, that when seduced into the strange land they are not treated with even ordinary humanity; and owing to the state, or rather suspension, of the laws having reference to their condition in the colony, they have open to them no means of redress. They are in fact the objects of a traffic, which is in its spirit as iniquitous
and as polluted with self-interest as that of slavery itself. The Times newspaper in a series of powerful articles has, however, forced public attention upon the subject; and we trust not to be ourselves backward in a fair and manly advocacy of the depressed and unfortunate cause of these aggrieved hill coolies. Our limits, however, in the present number of our journal, will only admit of our shadowing forth an idea of the evils of this sort of slave emigration by the illustration which is the subject of these remarks.


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