Plausibility Check: Asian Elephants in Africa and the Americas

POD: In the late 1600s, agents of the British and Dutch East India companies respond to the purchase of Elephants for menageries in Europe and Britain as a possible future investment. Knowing that Asian Elephants are easier to keep than African elephants, and that the biggest risk posed by importing them from Asia is the length of the trip in shipping them, 6 to 12 months, they decide to import Asian elephants to africa in order to set up breeding colonies. They import and sell tamed adults and calves to African leaders as work animals, and use them as a trade good in the slave trade. They also form business deals with said leaders to continue breeding calves for future purchase, with the methods of training and breeding these elephants being initially taught by Indian Mahouts indebted to the companies. With dozens of Asian elephants settled in Madagascar, the Cape and Guinea coasts, the Companies can now more easily import elephants to Europe as demand for them arises.

Eventually the use of the elephants as work animals is recognized by colonial agents in the Americas, and they are imported from the African coast to areas in the Caribbean, North and South America.

As years go by many elephants escape and form breeding populations in the wilds of Africa and the Americas, and are often captured and tamed for use by the native peoples of those areas.

By the late 1700s the use of elephants as war animals by the British is realized, as Robert Clive uses them in his initial attempt to supress American rebels in the same fashion they had been used against him in India.

Elephants eventually prove of great use by people fighting against colonization of American and European forces. Most effectively used by the Malagasy against the French, the Comanche and Seminoles against the USA , and the Ashanti, Boers, and Zulus against the British.