Although known to Arab and Malay sailors as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and subsequently settled by the Dutch - who named it in honor of Prince Maurits van NASSAU - in the 17th century. The French assumed control in 1715, developing the island into an important naval base overseeing Indian Ocean trade, and establishing a plantation economy of sugar cane. The British captured the island in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars. Mauritius remained a strategically important British naval base, and later an air station, playing an important role during World War II for anti-submarine and convoy operations, as well as the collection of signals intelligence. Independence from the UK was attained in 1968. A stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, the country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has earned one of Africa's highest per capita incomes. Recent poor weather, declining sugar prices, and declining textile and apparel production, have slowed economic growth, leading to some protests over standards of living in the Creole community.
Hi, an fyi, Mauritius is categorized as part of Africa not Other
oliver 6th October 2009
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Jocelyn+Loh 25th August 2009
I'm looking for my long lost pen-pal, Christian Foo Kune of Mauritius (managing Mon Desert sugar estate in Mauritius?). Anyone can help? Please contact me. My email: email@example.com
Terri Paddock 29th April 2009
According this site http://www.emeraldheightsmauritius.com/index.php?p=246 the Emerald Heights development is situated on the edge of the Black River Gorges Natural Park. Is this the same as the national park? It's because we're thinking about buying one of the properties on the development as an investment.