• Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


HISTORY. Mauritius was known to Arab navigators probably not later than the 10th century. It was probably visited by Malays in the 15th century, and was discovered by the Portuguese between 1507 and 1512, but the Dutch were the first settlers (1598). In 1710 they abandoned the island, which was occupied by the French under the name of Ile de France (1715). The British occupied the island in 1810, and it was formally ceded to Great Britain by the Treaty of Paris, 1814. In 1965 the Chagos Archipelago was transferred to the British Indian Ocean Territory. Mauritius became an independent state and a monarchical member of the Commonwealth on 12 March 1968 after 7 months of internal self-government.


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Further Reading

  1. Statistical Information: The Central Statistical Information Office (Rose Hill, Mauritius) was founded in July 1945. Its main publication is the Bi-annual Digest of Statistics.Google Scholar
  2. Ministry of Information, Fruits of Political and Social Democracy.—Mauritius Facts and Figures 1980.—The Mauritius Handbook 198.Google Scholar
  3. Simmons, A. S., Modern Mauritius: The Politics of Decolonization. Indiana Univ. Press, 1982Google Scholar
  4. Library. The Mauritius Institute Public Library, Port Louis.Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1991

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