Guide across the Island
Mauritius is an island of volcanic origin located in the western Indian Ocean, in the heart of the Mascarene archipelago, between Reunion Island to the west and Rodrigues Island to the east. It is sheltered by coral barriers forming a natural lagoon, secured with crystal clear water, was for a long time a dream destination. The capital of the Republic of Mauritius is Port Louis, located in the northwest of the island.
Known to the Arabs as early as the 10th century. Mauritius was officially explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and subsequently implanted by the Dutch in the 17th century. During this period, the Dutch introduced sugar cane, domestic animals and slavery to Mauritius. Mauritius was later occupied by the French (1715-1810) and in 1810 the English captured the island. In 1835 the English abolished the slavery which led to the importation of the engaged workers from India in order to work in the sugar plantations.
Mauritius is a multi-cultural country with a population coming from several communities: Asian, African and European. Thus, the country is an abundance of people who have come from many corners of the world with their cultures
In Mauritius, Mauritian Creole, with a French lexical base, was born from the mix with other languages (especially African and Malagasy) during the period of slavery. It is spoken by the majority of the population and is considered the national language of Mauritius. English is generally considered the official language of the country, is used in government agencies, courts and businesses, but the language best understood and spoken after Mauritian Creole remains French, which remains the prerogative of the media, since newspapers and television programs are generally in French. Asian languages are also part of the country's linguistic mosaic
The Mauritian cuisine
Mauritius has a cuisine of 300 years of history, with a multitude of influences brought by the populations who settled there over time.
All these influences have given rise to a rich, varied and above all exceptional cuisine. The use of spices is explained by a refined art of living
Mauritian cuisine is a unique culinary mix and traditions of French, English, Indian, Chinese and Creole.
The dodo (Raphus cucullatus), or dronte, is a bird that lived in Mauritius until its disappearance around 1680.
Traditional music in Mauritius
Mauritius, a true cultural mix of the Indian Ocean, is the crossroads of several musical styles. However, we cannot talk about traditional music
in this country, without saying a word about the sega, a unifying musical genre. The sega is the only traditional music of Mauritius, derived
from African influences with a ternary rhythm. In Mauritius, there is not a festive evening without dancing a good sega.
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