brief history of the island of Mauritius!
weather, makes Mauritius an ideal holiday destination.
Mauritius is visited only by scheduled flights, the principle
airline being Air Mauritius. The government of Mauritius hold
Tourism in high regard, they wish all visitors a relaxing carefree
and enjoyable holiday, so flights on and off the island are
strictly regulated, making this an exclusive all year
Mauritius is an earthly paradise which nestles in the warm Indian
Ocean, protected by a ring of coral just 1,200 miles off the
coast of Africa. For an island that is only the size of Surrey,
Mauritius attracted an unprecedented amount of historical interest
, possibly because of its position on the profitable trade route
to India. Although the Arabs originally discovered the island
around the 10th century, there is no evidence of them settling.
Even the brief visits of the Portuguese in the 1500's left no
The Dutch followed, establishing the first permanent dwelling
on Mauritius in 1638. While intent on exploiting the island's
natural resources of ebony and ambergris, they succeeded in
mercilessly hunting the dodo into extinction. By 1710 the island
had served its purpose and the Dutch departed, leaving behind
African slaves, Javanese deer, wild boar, tobacco and most importantly,
In 1715 the French arrived on the island of Mauritius. Under
the command of a Naval captain called Labourdonnais Mauritius
was transformed. Hospitals, barracks and houses were built,
a network of roads opened, a ship building industry commenced
and the first sugar mill was established in 1744.
However Labourdonnais found it hard to ignore the pull of his
naval career and it wasn't long before he led attacks on British
merchant ships. The British navy, incensed by the routine harassment,
closed in and eventually won possession of the island in 1810.
In 1835 they abolished on slavery on Mauritius and introduced
instead a number of Indian field workers to tend the sugar cane
and a small community of Chinese to supplement the labour force.
In 1968 (12th March) Mauritius became independent and to this
day the intoxicating blend of culture and religion brought by
the various colonisers continues to thrive on the island. A
lasting impression left by India is the currency which is Rupees.
is not only the translucent turquoise lagoons bordered by virgin
beaches, or even the miles of sugarcane dancing in the summer
breezes, but rather the warm and welcoming nature of the cosmopolitan
Mauritians that make this Island one that stands out from
the crowd. There are few places in the world where you
are made to feel as welcome. In Mauritius no smile is broad
enough, no embrace warm enough, and nothing is too much effort.
English is the official language although everyone also speaks
French and Creole.
If one is visiting Mauritius on business then the Mauritius
Commercial Bank, University of Mauritius, Mauritius News and
Media and Mauritius Newspaper are contactable in Port Louis
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