They came under indentures, but at the expiration of their contract were allowed to settle in the colony.'
They came on three-years' indentures, over 50,000 Chinese being eventually brought over.
In Natal these coolies had been allowed to remain after the completion of their indentures, and had succeeded in practically monopolizing the petty trade of the country.
The point as to whether the original conditions were or were not servile was never legally tested, for eventually on the grant of self-government to the Transvaal the Botha cabinet decided (June 1907) not to renew the indentures nor to permit any new importation of coolies.
Here Davy, released from his indentures, was installed as superintendent towards the end of 1798.
The evolution of the army which won Crecy and Poitiers is accompanied by the accumulation of a mass of indentures and other military documents, the value of which has been illustrated in Dr Morriss Welsh Wars of Edward I.