ABSTRACT

In 1849, The Times declared: “If we are not to use our Colonies for Convict Settlements, what is the good of a Colony?” 1 This was a polemical statement, dictated by the exigencies of the moment, and it would be erroneous to conclude that the institution of transportation ever figured as a major argument for colonies and colonization. But among the minor arguments it had held its position over the centuries.