Photographer's Note

The island of Mauritius was known to the Arabs and Indonesian sailors from the 10th century. But first settled by the Portuguese in 1507, who founded it in one supply base, but a permanent oikismo.Stis September 17, 1598, three ships from one Dutch fleet bound for the islands of spices resulted in Mauritius following a hurricane. These seafarers gave the island its current name in honor of the Prince of Nassau Mauritius, governor and heir of the Netherlands. In 1638, the Dutch and established the first permanent colony, but a few decades later abandoned due to unfavorable climatic conditions. In 1715, the French, who occupied the neighboring island of Bourbon (now Réunion), took over Mauritius and renamed it Ile-de-France (ie the island of France). With the French rule, the island developed a robust economy based on sugar production. During the Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815), the island became a target of the British, who tried to understand it. Despite the victory of the French at the Battle of Grand Port, the only French naval victory over the British fleet, the French surrendered Mauritius three years later after a landing site in the British Cup Mahler. The formal surrender of the island to the British crown was in 1810 with the condition of conservation of property rights and land property for French settlers, but also the maintenance of the French language and law in civil and criminal matters. With the British rule, the island's name reverted to Mauritius.

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  • Copyright: maria varipati (maria-v1981) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1192 W: 30 N: 1940] (10966)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-09-26
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-01-25 7:06
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