Madeira 1660-1815 History of Northern Africa Madeira, 1880-1918

Madeira 1815-1880

The abolition of Slavery in the British Empire in 1834, in the French colonial empire in 1848 and subsequently in other European colonies had an indirect influence on Madeira. As the slaves were leaving the Caribbean sugar plantations, planntation owners tried to replace them with INDENTURED WORKERS, free immigrants who in return for free passage signed up for 7 years of plantation labour. The impoverished population of Madeira was one of the first target groups, as the Madeirans had experience with sugar production. Thus, a new wave of emigration began, this time into non-Portuguese colonies.
Jewish immigrants rom Morocco arrived in 1819; a synagogue was built in Funchal in 1836.
In the 1850es, embroidery was introduced, an industry which soon added to the islands' revenues. The first tourists visited the island, and Madeira wine continued to enjoy a high reputation.
Between 1868 and 1905, the Portuguese postal authority issued stamps to be used in Madeira.

History of Madeira, from SDM
Madeira, from Jewish Virtual History Tour

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First posted on May 22nd 2001, last revised on March 19th 2005

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