HC Deb 10 March 1887 vol 311 cc1741-2
MR. A. E. PEASE (York)

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether H.M.S. Reindeer has been despatched from Zanzibar to the Portuguese Dominions at Mozambique, for the protection of British subjects there who are suffering from the Native rising against the Portuguese authority, consequent on the withdrawal of Portuguese ships and troops; whether the Reindeer passed such ships and troops at Tunghi Bay, on her way down the Coast; and, whether it is a fact that these Forces had, a few days previously, attacked and bombarded property belonging to Her Majesty's British or Indian subjects, who, in common with the Sultan of Zanzibar, had put faith in the Declaration of Great Britain, France, and Germany, that the Territory on which they were settled was part of the Dominions of the Sultan of Zanzibar?


Her Majesty's ship Reindeer was sent from Zanzibar to Mozambique, in cease of Her Majesty's subjects there requiring protection; but some of the Portuguese ships have now returned to Mozambique from Tunghi Bay, and the British Consul believes that the rising had been suppressed. The commander of the Reindeer did not report having passed any Portuguese ships. It is a fact that the Portuguese forces have captured the Sultan's posts on Tunghi Bay. It is not known whether the British Indian subjects who reside there suffered. Those residents could certainly not have established themselves there on the faith of the recent recognition of the Sultan's possession of that territory, for it could not have been known to them, and they were there previously to the visit of the Commissioners.