Mission to Madagascar: The Sergeant, the King, and the Slave Trade (Paperback)

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Rip-roaring history from the author of Postcards from Stanland: Journeys in Central Asia, Monsoon Postcards: Indian Ocean Journeys and Postcards from the Borderlands.

Radama--the young, savvy, ruthless ruler of the rising military power in Madagascar, with an appetite for conquest, sex, and alcohol. Robert Townsend Farquhar--the scheming, silver-tongued governor of the British island colony of Mauritius, whose plantation economy depends on slave labor. James Hastie--an educated, enterprising, and courageous East India Company sergeant, ready to take on a risky mission. In the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, as Britain and France face off in the southwest Indian Ocean, the destinies of these three characters intertwine. Will the British cut a deal to end the export of slaves from Madagascar, and if so at what cost? Will Radama, with the wily Hastie by his side, win the internal power struggle against nobles and clan chieftains? Will his forces, with muskets supplied by the British, subdue spear-wielding clans and unite the island, making him king of all Madagascar? Hastie's previously unpublished journals weave a narrative of hazardous travel, byzantine court intrigue and colonial geopolitics.

Nonfiction. History.

About the Author

David H. Mould, Professor Emeritus at Ohio University, works as a consultant for UNICEF. He has published books and articles on World War I documentary film, the 19th- century U.S. transportation revolution, and oral history. His travel tales from Asia and Africa, including Madagascar, are featured in the three-book Postcards series.

Praise For…

“An amazing adventure story worthy of an old Errol Flynn swashbuckler.” Donna DeBlasio, Youngstown State University
“David Mould is a master at breathing life into history.” Kamellia Smith, Tempo
“Scholarship that reads like a novel!” Lynda Berman

Product Details
ISBN: 9798987007587
Publisher: Blackwater Press
Publication Date: June 10th, 2023
Pages: 305
Language: English