By Marina Carter, James Ng Foong Kwong

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John Murray, London, 1858, p. 53. 72 PP 1859 (31–I) Higginson to Labouchere, 28 Jan. 1857. 73 NA CO 167/385 Colonial office minute, 30 March 1857. 71 44 chapter one employers were instead complaining of competition from the Chinese commercial class settled on the island. Chinese Artisans in 19th Century Mauritius It was not only sugar estate owners who wanted to acquire labourers during the turbulent years of the early 19th century when slavery was being phased out and indentured labour phased in.

On 23 November 1780 the new born son of Jean Gabriel and Marie Francoise died. 24 In this way, the civil status records enable us to follow the lives of the otherwise little-known community of 18th century Chinese—first enslaved, then freed, and become slave-owners themselves. At least one male Chinese slave was enfranchised. Hyacinth Ambroise described in the 1780 Census as a 26 year old Chinese from Macao was the freed slave of Jean Michel Dumont. He married in Flacq on 2 Fructidor of Year III of the Revolution at the age of 40.

It was as a consequence of these exploratory and commercial voyages, that a trickle of Chinese immigrants arrived on the island in the 18th century. Like the Dutch, the French were obliged to rely on servile labour to help establish the early infrastructure of their new colonies, and took the opportunity of Indian Ocean trade to exchange or import slaves. Within a few decades of French settlement, Chinese slaves were among those brought to the island. 8 Records extant in the Mauritius Archives testify to the presence of Chinese from the 1740s.

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