'Hill Coolies' Landing in Mauritius

Once slavery officially ended within the British empire (in 1838), a new system of coercing people to work on its plantations was required. Here, Indians are seen arriving in Mauritius, one of the first countries to receive indentured labour from India.

The parallels between this form of transported labour and slavery were not lost on a number of commentators, including the Illustrated London News (from which this image is taken) and The Times.

ZPER 34/1, Illustrated London News, 6 August 1842, pp. 193-4
By courtesy of the Illustrated London News Picture Library





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