HC Deb 03 August 1882 vol 273 c618

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether the Government have any information from Her Majesty's Minister at Lisbon, or other sources, as to arrangements reported to be in progress for obtaining slaves as "engageés" for the French planters in Nossibe, Mayotte, and Réunion from the Portuguese settlements in Mosambique?


Her Majesty's Consul at Mozambique has reported that a Decree had been passed by the Portuguese Government permitting the emigration of Natives from the Portuguese Possessions on the East Coast of Africa to Mayotte and Nossibe. Her Majesty's Government have expressed to the French and Portuguese Governments their apprehension that such an emigration would, under another name, be tantamount to a revival of the Slave Trade. Her Majesty's Government are awaiting the result of this representation.