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A signed agreement between a prisoner of war and his captors whereby the prisoner is given certain freedom of movement on the condition that he refrain from attempting to escape or from attempting to contact and/or pass on information to any enemies of his captors. A parole can also be extended to include return to his homeland on the same conditions. Flinders was paroled on Ile de France and stayed with the D'Arifat family; he was then paroled to return to England in 1810. The French Minister for the Navy cancelled his parole in 1812 thereby allowing him to take up arms against the French again if needed.

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