Britain's Western Indian Ocean Island-scape

Longair, Sarah (2021) Britain's Western Indian Ocean Island-scape. In: Islands and the British Empire in the Age of Sail. Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series . Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198847229

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198847229.001.0001

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Abstract

The British Empire had a significant influence on the history of the islands in the western Indian Ocean. In turn, the location, size, culture, and environment of these islands shaped the history of empire. This chapter investigates these islands’ strategic significance, their capacity in trade and raw-material production, and their diverse colonial cultures. It also considers their place in the British imagination, which, as this chapter argues, distilled an image of the Indian Ocean centred on its islands. Taken together, this chapter highlights the pivotal role played by African islands in the Indian Ocean—and their distinctive cultures, environments, and geographies—in the expansion and maintenance of Britain’s maritime empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Keywords:Imperial History, British Empire, Indian Ocean, Islands
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V270 World History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V140 Modern History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V144 Modern History 1800-1899
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:49922
Deposited On:29 Jun 2022 14:51

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