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Mauritius History and Culture

Mauritius was originally discovered by the Arabs as early as the 10th century but never stopped to settle it. The first attempt at colonisation was made by the Dutch who arrived in 1598 and named the island Mauritius after Prince Maurice of Nassau. The colony, however, never really flourished, and the Dutch departed for good in 1710, leaving in their wake the extinction of the dodo and the introduction of African slaves, Javan deer, wild boar, tobacco and sugar cane. In 1715, the French occupied the island which they renamed Isle de France. However, in 1810, the British launched a surprise attack against the French and conquered the island and reverted the name to Mauritius. It then won her independence from Britain on 12 March 1968, remaining within the Commonwealth.




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