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Like a rich green emerald, swathed in the translucent, turquoise silk of the southwest Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a small island which has made a sizeable impact on world tourism.
"Mauritius was made first, then heaven was copied from it"
Mark Twain
 
About Mauritius

Mauritius was known to the early Arab traders, being marked on their maps, but the first visitors from Europe were the Portuguese, who landed in 1510. They used the island as a victualling stop on their way to Goa and Malacca but did not settle. The first attempt at colonization was made by the Dutch who arrived in 1598 and named the island Mauritius after Prince Maurice de Nassau. Later they introduced sugar, Malagasy slaves and Javanese deer in the island. They abandoned the country in 1710. After being left in its native state for five years, the French occupied the island between 1715 and 1810.

The first sugar mill was opened during the French period. This was a turning point for the economy of the country as sugar became the pillar of the Mauritian economy later. In 1810 the British took over the island after a naval war against the French. Year 1835 marked the abolition of slavery. This was followed by the importation of Chinese and Indian indentured labourers, which contributed to the ethnic diversity of the country. Mauritius became independent from Britain on 12 March 1968 and is an independent sovereign nation within the British Commonwealth. The Constitution is based on the West-Minster model. On 12 March 1992 Mauritius be came a Republic.