Early American Trade with Mauritius

By A. Toussaint, published February 1953


The first American trade links with the Indian Ocean were around 1685 when the pirates and buccaneers of the West Indies moved their headquarters to northern Madagascar. American merchants quickly entered into lucrative commercial and slave trading relationships with these pirates. The treaty of amity and commerce signed by France with the American colonies at the outbreak of the War of Independence reopened the trading link with Madagascar and extended it, after the war, to the Isle de France by then an important link in the trade routes to India and later China. Isle de France’s location ensured that America was brought into closer political connection with France, with American traders increasing the size of their fleets and plying regularly to Port Louis in competition with Europeans. Various wars and trade embargoes changed the fortunes of Mauritius but American trade continued until the opening of the Suez Canal diverted main stream shipping away from the island.

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Filed under: American Revolution | Other (Eighteenth C) | Indian Ocean
Subjects include: Merchant Marines | Pirates, Corsairs & Privateers

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