The history of Mauritius
The first known visitors to the island of Mauritius is believed to be the Arabs way back in the 10th century.
The Portuguese are the first Europeans to have visited the island sometime at the beginning of the 16th century.
In 1598 the Dutch landed on the island at Grand port in the south east. Named “Mauritius” in honour of prince Maurits van Nassau. The last settlers leave Mauritius in 1710.
The French landed in 1715 and renamed the island “Isle de France”. From this period on colonisation started and trade flourished. This lead to an increase to the slave trade, mainly from
The British landed in the north and conquered the island in 1810. They renamed the island “Mauritius” A few years later slavery was abolished. Laws, religion and
customs were allowed to remain.
In 1968 independence was proclaimed. In March 1992 Mauritius changed its status to a “Republic”
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