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Title: Introduction to the feature 'Representing the Andaman Islands'
Other Titles: Image, Object, Text : Representing the Andaman Islands
Authors: Anderson, Clare
First Published: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press on behalf of History Workshop Journal
Citation: History Workshop Journal, 2009, 67 (1), pp. 147-151
Abstract: The Andaman Islands are a small and relatively isolated island archipelago in the Bay of Bengal, closer to Burma than to India. Following from Marco Polo’s travel writing in the thirteenth century there was a widespread belief that the Andamanese were at best savages and at worse cannibals. Uncolonized during the eighteenth century, by the turn of the nineteenth century the Islands were at the centre of increasingly important trading routes between India and China. In 1793, the East India Company moved to occupy the Andamans as a penal colony, directing that all Bengal life convicts be transported there to work on land clearance, cultivation, and other projects. It shipped about three hundred convicts to the Islands, but the settlement was ravaged by disease and within three years the British had abandoned it. The Company transferred the surviving convicts to its penal settlement in Penang. We know little more of this ill-fated attempt at colonization, and least of all about the nature and extent of contact with the Islands’ indigenous peoples. [Taken from introduction]
DOI Link: 10.1093/hwj/dbn079
ISSN: 1363-3554
eISSN: 1477-4569
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: Copyright © The Author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of History Workshop Journal, all rights reserved. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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