6 Cool facts about Mauritius

Mauritius is an island country that is world-renowned for the lush green and tropical surroundings with dramatic mountains, sugarcane vegetations, aquamarine lagoons as well as a perfect blend of the Indian, British, African, Chinese, and even French cultural influence. The island nation of Mauritius is situated in the Indian Ocean and is located 500 miles to the east of the island of Madagascar. If you are going to make your flight ticket booking to Mauritius, then you must know about some of the interesting facts about this great nation. Have a read at some of them:

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1. Mauritius as a country includes the islands of Rodrigues, Mauritius along with several other islands. Some of the exterior islands would include St. Brandon, Agalega, two disputed territories, as well as several other smaller islands. The central island of the nation is known as Mauritius. This island is just 28 miles in width and around 40 miles in length. The nation is volcanic in origin and is surrounded by the majestic coral reefs all around.

2. Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. This is also the biggest city of the nation of Mauritius. This city was established in the year 1736. This was set up by the French East India Company. The capital of Mauritius houses around 40 percent of the nation’s population. Mark Twain wrote about Mauritius as “Heaven was copied after Mauritius”.

3. Mauritius houses some of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the world. One of those includes the funny “Flic en Flac”. Some more islands include the ones like Blue Bay, Tamarin, Pereybere, Grand Bay, Belle Mare along with La Morne. The islands of Mauritius were first visited by the Arab sailors. They visited the islands of this country during the Middle Ages. They named the islands as Dina Arobi.

4. The Dutch had established a colony on the islands of Mauritius in 1638. They even introduced domestic animals, sugar cane, and deer into the islands. However, they abandoned the island in 1710. France, which has already controlled the neighboring island of Bourbon which is now referred to as the Reunion Island. They ruled Mauritius from 1715 and then renamed the same as “Isle de France”.

5. Mauritius saw the long struggle for power between the British and the French. This happened during the period of Napoleonic Wars. France won the Battle of Grand Port. However, they could not avoid the British from coming to the Cap Malheureux after three months. France had to then finally surrender on 3rd December, 1810.

6. Under the rule of the British, the name of the island was given as Mauritius. Mauritius remained as a significant naval base of the British and then the air station. This played a major role during the 2nd World War. It was the center of the convoy and anti-submarine operations along with the collection of the signal intelligence.

When you would be aware of these interesting facts about Mauritius, you would be more thrilled to visit the place. So make your airways ticket to Mauritius now!

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