Mauritius

Country Mauritius
Capital Port Louis
Continent Africa
Currency Mauritian rupee(MUR)
Languages Mauritian creole, French & English

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Although known to Arab and Malay sailors as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and subsequently settled by the Dutch - who named it in honor of Prince Maurits van NASSAU - in the 17th century. The French assumed control in 1715, developing the island into an important naval base overseeing Indian Ocean trade, and establishing a plantation economy of sugar cane. The British captured the island in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars. Mauritius remained a strategically important British naval base, and later an air station, playing an important role during World War II for anti-submarine and convoy operations, as well as the collection of signals intelligence. Independence from the UK was attained in 1968. A stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, the country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has earned one of Africa's highest per capita incomes. Recent poor weather, declining sugar prices, and declining textile and apparel production, have slowed economic growth, leading to some protests over standards of living in the Creole community.

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Mauritius - Wikipedia
Mauritius - CIA World Fact Book
Mauritius - BBC
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Republic of Mauritius launches a Local Economic Development Plan for Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage property - UNESCO.org (press release)

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Republic of Mauritius launches a Local Economic Development Plan for Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage property
UNESCO.org (press release)
The grant followed a request from the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for the State Party of Mauritius to take necessary action to prevent the demolition of historical buildings in the Buffer Zone of the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Property, as well ...



BIOLABEX Opens R&D Laboratory in BioPark Mauritius - BSA bureau (press release)

BSA bureau (press release)

BIOLABEX Opens R&D Laboratory in BioPark Mauritius
BSA bureau (press release)
A Mauritius based R&D Laboratory recently announced the launch of its development and manufacturing activities in BioPark, Mauritius. It is recently accredited as the first GMP-compliant CDMO (Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisation) in the ...

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UNESCO education data puts Mauritius ahead of Nigeria - BusinessDay

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UNESCO education data puts Mauritius ahead of Nigeria
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The World Health Organization (WHO), in conjunction with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI) on Tuesday kicked off the training of delegates from the ECOWAS region on effective utilization of ...

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An Entire Lost Continent Was Found Under The Island Of Mauritius - Forbes

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An Entire Lost Continent Was Found Under The Island Of Mauritius
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If you thought discovering continents was a thing of centuries past, you'll be surprised to hear we misplaced an entire continent under the island of Mauritius. New data from crystals on the island present proof that there is in fact an ancient ...
A continent-sized discovery is lying under the island of MauritiusThe Daily Orange

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'Lost continent' found under Mauritius in the Indian Ocean - CNN

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'Lost continent' found under Mauritius in the Indian Ocean
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They said that remnants of the mineral were way too old to belong to Mauritius. "Mauritius is an island, and there is no rock older than 9 million years old on the island," says Ashwal. But by studying rocks on the island, they found zircons that were ...
Researchers Just Found Evidence of an Ancient 'Lost Continent' Under MauritiusScienceAlert
Researchers confirm 'lost continent' below MauritiusCBC.ca
Forget Atlantis: 'Lost continent' found under MauritiusUSA TODAY
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Five things Maps Maponyane loves about Mauritius - DestinyConnect

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Five things Maps Maponyane loves about Mauritius
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Top Billing presenter, actor, model and budding entrepreneur Maps Maponyane recently visited Mauritius. He shares his travel and experiences of the country with us. Maps who was visiting the country for the first-time shares the top five things he ...



Mauritius: the perfect destination for sunshine and great food - iNews

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Mauritius: the perfect destination for sunshine and great food
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But residents such as Callikan insist its reputation as solely a romantic paradise is unfair and are eager to demonstrate that – like Mrs Yong's dumpling restaurant – there's more to Mauritius than meets the eye. As Callikan says, “The island is filled ...



Deep in the Indian Ocean, beneath Mauritius, a lost continent was ... - Quartz

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Deep in the Indian Ocean, beneath Mauritius, a lost continent was ...
Quartz
Far beneath Mauritius' inactive volcanoes lies an astonishing, important piece of the Earth's history: a fragment of ancient continental crust. And no: it's not ...

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Researchers Discovered a Vast “Lost Continent” Beneath Mauritius - TheInertia.com

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Researchers Discovered a Vast “Lost Continent” Beneath Mauritius
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The tiny island of Mauritius is an incredible place. Home of the world famous Tamarin Bay (a wave that Surfing Magazine named one of the “25 Best Waves in the World”), Mauritius sits serenely in the Indian Ocean. Measuring in at just under 800 square ...
Scientists Have Discovered a 'Lost Continent' Under MauritiusCondé Nast Traveler
Lost continent discovered beneath Mauritius in the Indian Ocean by geologistsThe Independent
Ancient 'lost continent' discovered beneath Mauritius in the depths of the Indian OceanMirror.co.uk
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'Lost Continent' Discovered Under Mauritius In The Indian Ocean - DOGOnews

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'Lost Continent' Discovered Under Mauritius In The Indian Ocean
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Ashwal says that though Mauritius has always been intriguing to geologists because of its volcanic origin, the discovery of the ancient continent was accidental. In 2008, he and some colleagues heading to Johannesburg had a stopover in Mauritius ...