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The East India Company and the island of Johanna (Anjouan) during the long eighteenth century / Huw, Bowen

International Journal of Maritime History, Volume: 30, Issue: 2, Pages: 218 - 233

Swansea University Author: Huw, Bowen

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Abstract

For just over 230 years the East India Company’s maritime operations were supportedby a far-flung network of islands, ports and watering points across the Atlantic andIndian Oceans. These places provided supplies to company ships and safe havens intimes of danger. The island of Johanna, or Anjouan,...

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Published in: International Journal of Maritime History
ISSN: 0843-8714 2052-7756
Published: Sage Publications 2018
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Abstract: For just over 230 years the East India Company’s maritime operations were supportedby a far-flung network of islands, ports and watering points across the Atlantic andIndian Oceans. These places provided supplies to company ships and safe havens intimes of danger. The island of Johanna, or Anjouan, in the Mozambique Channel wasone such place and this article considers how it came to be a key component within thecompany’s maritime system. The article also examines why the company chose not toexert direct control over the island when it had the opportunity to do so at the end ofthe eighteenth century. It is concluded that Johanna formed an important part of theflexible and durable maritime infrastructure that underpinned the territorial empireconstructed by the company in India from 1750 onwards.
Keywords: Comoro Islands, East India Company, Indian Ocean, Johanna/Anjouan, trade, victualing, war
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 2
Start Page: 218
End Page: 233