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Historical Studies: Sugar: Government Resources: Library Guide: Great Britain: Colonies

Bibliographic and online government documents for the 2015 History research project on sugar.

West Indies

Report from the Select Committee on West India Colonies together with minutes of evidence, appendix and index, 1842 (H.C. 479 of 1842)

Select Committee reports and correspondence on the trade and commerce of the West Indies, 1806-1849. (H.C. 65 of 1807, 381 & 382 of 1831-32, 302 of 1846, 501 of 1847, 121 of 1849)

Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Select Committee on Sugar and Coffee PlantingEast and West Indian possessions and Mauritius. First report, 1848ErrataSecond report, 1848Third report, 1848Fourth report, 1848Fifth report, 1848Sixth report, 1848Seventh report, 1948Eighth report, 1848.

Report from the West India Royal Commission with appendices, and other papers relating to the sugar industry, 1877-1898. [C. 1838, 8359, 8655, 8656, 8657, 8669, 8799] and H.C. 395 of 1878. 

Colonial Office. West Indies. Correspondence with the West Indian Colonies, relating to the Brussels Sugar Convention. London : H.M.S.O., 1912. [Cd. 6282]

Colonial Office. Correspondence relating to the position of the sugar industry in certain West Indian Colonies, British Guiana, and Mauritius. London : H.M.S.O., 1930. [Cmd. 3705]

Colonial Office. Further correspondence relating to the position of the sugar industry in certain West Indian colonies and British Guiana. London : H.M.S.O, 1930. [Cmd. 3745]

West Indian Sugar Commission, 1929-1930. Report of the West Indian Sugar Commission. London : H.M.S.O., 1930. [Cmd. 3517]

West Indian Sugar Commission, 1929-1930. Statement of policy in regard to the West Indian and Mauritius sugar reports ... . London : H.M.S.O., 1930. [Cmd. 3523]

For these reports you can search in the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers database by the command paper number, e.g., C. 1838 or the House of Commons paper number, e.g., 479 by session 1842.

General

Browse the subject list (via Search option) in the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers database for both 19th and 20th century British Government publications, e.g., 

Copy of report to the Board of Trade entitled "Progress of the sugar trade (H.C. 325 of 1884)

Further correspondence respecting the sugar question, 1878-1880 (C. 2111, C. 2280, C. 2327, C. 2476)

Copies or extracts of any recent correspondence between the Secretary of State and the governors of the sugar growing colonies, as to the distress now existing in those colonies, not already laid before the house (H.C. 749 of 1847-48)

The Annual Report on the State of the Colonies is a good source. You can search by keyword within each report. 

The Durable URLs on this page will work if you are logged in to the UCT network.

 

 

Mauritius

Great Britain. Colonial Office. Mauritius report for the years 1953, 1957, 1963. London : H.M.S.O. G 6982 ED.REPO

Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Select Committee on Sugar and Coffee Planting. East and West Indian possessions and Mauritius. First report, 1848, ErrataSecond report, 1848, Third report, 1848, Fourth report, 1848, Fifth report, 1848, Sixth report, 1848, Seventh report, 1948, Eighth report, 1848.

Papers on the introduction of Indian labourers to work on the sugar and indigo plantations, e.g., Correspondence relative to the introduction of Indian labourers into the Mauritius. London : House of Commons, 15 February 1842. (H.C. paper 26) 

Papers relating to the Colonial Trade of Mauritius, viz., Returns to an address of the Honourable The House of Commons, dated 28th March, 1825 for I. Copy of the Petition of the Inhabitants of Mauritius, against being subjected to the Regulations of Colonial Trade, in the year 1816; II. Copies or Extracts of all Petitions Received from the Inhabitants of the Mauritius, since the year 1816, praying for a Remission on the Extra Duties on Sugar, the Produce of that Island, on their Importation into Great Britain for Consumption.

Returns of quantity of sugar exported from Mauritius, e.g., Return of the Quantity of Sugar Exported from the Mauritius, in each Year since 1825. Colonial Department, 26th April, 1830.

Return to an address of the Honourable The House of Commons, dated 16 March, 1863 for Copies "of a Memorial on the Subject of the Sugar Duties, addressed by the Chambers of Agriculture and Commerce of the Mauritius to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, in the Month of December 1862, and of the Despatch of the Governor of the Colony forwarding the same."

Return to an address of The Honourable the House of Commons, dated 1 March, 1864 for "Copy of a Despatch from the Governor of Mauritius to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, covering a Memorial from the Chambers of Agriculture and Commerce at the Mauritius on the subject of the Sugar Duties."

Thornton White, Leonard William.    Report on the housing of sugar estate workers /    Port Louis, Mauritius :   J. Eliel Felix, Government Printer,   May 1949. G 6982 E.WELF.49.REPO

West Indian Sugar Commission, 1929-1930. Statement of policy in regard to the West Indian and Mauritius sugar reports ... . London : H.M.S.O., 1930. [Cmd. 3523]