GENERAL GORDON ON THE DEFENCES AND COMMERCE OF MAURITIUS
together 34 pages folio,
After six years Governing the Soudan and with suppressing the Slave Trade, from 1874 to 1880, Gordon arrived in Mauritius as Commanding Officer of the Royal Engineers on June 24 1881. These Documents. starting on July 2nd. 1881 barely a week after his arrival, represent his earliest assessment on the island and show his restless energy and determination to get on with the work as he saw it. In his first letter he condemns the buildings in Port Louis of the Civil Hospital, British Hospital, Prison, Reception for Immigration Coolies and Sugar store are all housed together. "The place swarms with mosquitoes ... the detrimental effects of having the Immigration depot, the sugar store and the mixed heterogeneous patients of the Civil Hospital in such proximity to the Military Hospital can easily be appreciated..." He proposes the sale of buildings and the relocation of site in Curepipe, together with his estimates of costs and revenue. In the second Memorandum he outline, the vulnerability of the island to attack identifying the positions on a map, and also how the Fort at Port Louis should be strengthened. In the final 2 reports he defines the Trade and Commerce of the Indian Ocean and its importance to the Empire and finally outlining the importance of Mauritius in the Global Empire.
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