The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.
Chapter 10: Caribbean Perspectives on the Rebel Sepoys
Caribbean Perspectives on the Rebel Sepoys
WITHIN a few weeks of the outbreak of the uprising, discussions began in India and Britain concerning the necessary measures to be taken against rebel and disbanded sepoys. It was considered that mass transportation would be required, and proponents of colonisation schemes as far afield as Australia, Mauritius and the Caribbean proposed schemes to import sepoys. Not all the residents of those colonies agreed, and these extracts present two diverging views on that question, as aired in the Caribbean press.
‘Editorial’, Port of Spain Gazette, Trinidad, 14 October 1857
We should have been content to let the suggestion, thrown out by some of the English papers, and alluded to more than once in our columns, ...