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East India Company Rule, 1821 - 1834

Please Note:  The Society planned to update a comprehensive history of St Helena on this web site.   Meanwhile, below is the Wikipedia entry on the history of St Helena written by one of our members in 2007. 


British East India Company, 1821–1834
After Napoleon's death the thousands of temporary visitors were soon withdrawn. The East India Company resumed full control of Saint Helena and life returned to the pre-1815 standards, the fall in population causing a sharp change in the economy. The next governors, Thomas Brooke (temporary governor, 1821–1823) and Alexander Walker (1823–1828), successfully brought the island through this post-Napoleonic period with the opening of a new farmer’s market in Jamestown, the foundation of an Agricultural and Horticultural Society and improvements in education. The importation of slaves was banned in 1792, but the phased emancipation of over 800 resident slaves did not take place until 1827, some six years before legislation to ban slavery in the colonies was passed by the British Parliament.[1] An abortive attempt was made to set up a whaling industry in 1830 (also in 1875). Following praise of St Helena’s coffee given by Napoleon during his exile on the island, the product enjoyed a brief popularity in Paris during the years after his death.

(Pic: James Anderson, Founder of East India Company)




  1. Research by Colin Fox published by Friends of St Helena on