50 Fascinating Facts About Mauritius

Beautiful Mauritius is located more than a thousand kilometers from the African continent's southeastern coast in the Indian Ocean. While here, you'll have enough to see and do, including stunning sand beaches, coral reefs, mountain ranges covered in forest, and lovely national parks and gardens. Learn more about Mauritius's history, culture, people, economics, tourism, and more with these 50 facts.

Fascinating Facts

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The Republic of Mauritius includes the islands of Rodrigues, Agalega, St. Brandon, two other contested areas, and the well-known island of Mauritius.
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The lava from underwater volcanoes erupted forth 9 million years ago produced these islands.
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As a result, the sugar cane farmers imported thousands of indentured Indian workers and nearly 9,000 Indian troops to help in the fields.
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A Royal Commission was established in 1872 with the assistance of two English attorneys. Their recommendations for the next 50 years impacted the lives of those Indo-Mauritian workers beneficially.
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A visit by Mahatma Gandhi to the island during November of 1901 inspired these laborers to get more involved in problems that directly affected their lives.
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In March 1959, universal adult voting became law in the United States. After becoming an independent state in March 1968, the nation joined the Commonwealth in 1992.
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Mauritius is an archipelago made up of Rodrigues, Agalega, and Saint Brandon that makes up the Republic of Mauritius.
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Extinct volcanoes, streams, waterfalls, and rivers rim the island of Mauritius, which is wholly cloaked in forest.
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The third-largest coral reef in the world shields the island's lagoons from the open ocean. Sharks and jellyfish are kept at bay by these reefs. Mauritius has 150 kilometers (93 miles) of white-sand beaches.
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The third-largest coral reef in the world shields the island's lagoons from the open ocean. Sharks and jellyfish are kept at bay by these reefs. Mauritius has 150 kilometers (93 miles) of white-sand beaches.
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Every year, the island is battered by several tropical cyclones between January and March.
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The eastern portion of the island is kept more relaxed by the prevailing trade winds and receives more rainfall than the rest of the island.
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Many of Mauritius's 700 native plant species are in danger of extinction because just 2% of their original habitat has been preserved. Plants and animals that have been introduced compete for seed and fruit.
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Many of Mauritius's 700 native plant species are in danger of extinction because just 2% of their original habitat has been preserved. Plants and animals that have been introduced compete for seed and fruit.
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Mauritius is the world's 170th-largest country, with a size of just 2040 square kilometers. The island is just 45 kilometers broad and 65 kilometers long.
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There are four volcanoes, streams, waterfalls, and rivers surrounding the island of Mauritius.
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The highest HDI in Africa, according to the United Nations Development Program, belongs to Mauritius.
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The island was initially known as Dina Arobi by Arab sailors who discovered it in 975. A few decades later, in honor of Dutch Republic stadtholder Prince Maurice Van Nassau, the Dutch Squadron arriving at Grand Port gave it the name "Mauritius."
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Mauritius has been colonized by three countries: the Netherlands (1638-1710), France (1715-1810), and Great Britain (1901-present) (1810-1968). Since 1968, it has remained a sovereign state.
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Sugarcane plantations flourished under the French administration, and they were a significant source of revenue for the country's economy. Before the Suez Canal was opened in 1869, Mauritius was an essential stopover for commerce routes from Europe.
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Slavery was a significant factor in the production of sugarcane on these estates. More than half a million Indian laborers were imported to Mauritius by the British following the abolition of slavery in 1835.
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A significant population density may be found on these islands, home to more than 1.2 million individuals (highest in the entire African continent). Women outnumber males by a wide margin on this island, creating an ideal gender balance.
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The literacy rate of Mauritius is around ninety percent, while the average life expectancy is 75 years.
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Mauritians are the only people in Africa who follow the Hindu faith
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Over than 700 hours a year are spent on religious activities in Mauritius, according to one estimate.
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The two most frequently spoken European languages, English and French. The residents speak Mauritian Creole, a distinct language with French and African characteristics spoken by the locals.
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The Sega music of Mauritius, which has its roots in the slave population, is the island's most popular local dance and music style. The dancers keep their feet firmly planted on the ground while singing and dancing in Creole.
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Bhojpuri is a common native language used by many Mauritians because of the island's sizeable Indian population. The popularity of Bhojpuri bands like The Bhojpuri Boys is boosting the popularity of Bhojpuri music in Mauritius.
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It's free for students, individuals with disabilities, and the elderly in Mauritius to use public transportation!
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Mahatma Gandhi is to Mauritius what Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam is to Mauritians. He was instrumental in Mauritius' fight for independence and is generally regarded as the nation's father.
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"Mauritius was constructed first then heaven, but heaven was copied after Mauritius," Mark Twain was quoted as saying. That's a lot of compliments!
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Dodos - a bird typically associated with sleep and lethargy - are Mauritius' national football team
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The extinct flightless Dodo bird is thought to have lived alone in Mauritius. Due to a lack of predators on the island, the bird could not fly and hence stayed secure on the ground. Many dodos were murdered for their meat when humans arrived in the form of sailors. Humans brought with them rats and primates that ate the dodo's eggs. Within a century, the whole dodo population had been exterminated.
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One of the most beloved children's books of all time, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, is supposed to have been inspired by a stuffed dodo in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
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The Pink Pigeon, a globally endangered species, can only be seen in Mauritius' beautiful green woodlands.
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Chamarel's seven-colored Earth is one of Mauritius' most prominent tourist attractions, thanks to the volcanic eruptions that cooled off at varying speeds.
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Before the Arabs arrived in the Middle Ages, no one had ever lived in Mauritius. Because Mauritius lacks an indigenous population, this is one of the most crucial facts about the island.
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Just 28 miles wide & 40 miles long, Mauritius is the smallest island in the Indian Ocean. Coral reefs surround almost an entire island.
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The Dutch, French, and British were the first to settle on Mauritius.
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Before the completion of the Suez Canal, Mauritius served as a significant trans-Atlantic shipping hub. Mauritius was battled for by both the French and the British during the Napoleonic era.
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Mauritius was formerly a key sugar colony, and sugar cane is now the island's primary export.
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Mauritius is home to 150 miles of pristine white-sand beaches.
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Mauritius' national drink is rum, and there are several active rum factories in the country, making it one of the best places to consume it. Even chili-flavored rum is on offer in the region's culinary offerings.
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Just off the coast of Mauritius, you can find the only underwater waterfall in the whole globe. From above, you can only see it as an illusion. Flowing sand and underwater currents create the impression of an underwater waterfall. You'll have the best chance of seeing it if you plan a helicopter ride.
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On the south side of Mauritius, there are seven little stone pyramids known as Plaine Magnien. They were only recently discovered, and no one knows where they came from.
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About 85% of the island is covered with sugar cane farms. There are a few summits that can be reached via hiking. Get outside and explore Le Morne Brabant on your own or with a guide.
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Seven distinct colors may be seen in a tiny region known as "The Seven Colored Earths," a collection of dune fields (red, brown, violet, blue, yellow, and green). The Chamarel plain in southwest Mauritius is a famous tourist destination. It doesn't matter if it's raining or not. Nearby lies the Chamarel Waterfall. Chamarel Waterfall and Seven Colored Earth are the most popular full-day excursions.
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For organizing the world's most enormous shower, the country has been accredited by Guinness World Records as the world leader. On the beach in Flic en Flac, 200 people took part in a 5-minute-long oversized shower.
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Artisans at Mauritius' model shipbuilding studios are some of the most talented woodworkers in the world, creating remarkably accurate and exquisite small reproductions of major watercraft.
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Mauritius is encircled by the third-largest coral reef network in the world, making it a scuba diver's dream.

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