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Country Mauritius



Mauritius

Island and independent state in the SW Indian Ocean, part of the Mascarene group, approximately 475 mi E of Madagascar. Probably visited by Arabs and Malays in the Middle Ages and definitely by the Portuguese in the 16th century, it was occupied by the Dutch from 1598 to 1710. First named for Prince Maurice of Nassau, it was renamed Ile de France in 1722 when the French settled the island and began huge sugar plantations. The British captured it in 1810, restored the Dutch name, and gained formal control in 1814. After the end of slavery here in 1833, the British brought indentured laborers from India, whose descendants constitute a majority of the population today. It gained its independence in 1968. In 1992 Mauritius became a republic. Mauritius has had one of the world’s fastest-growing economies since the early 1980s, and is increasingly attracting foreign investors, especially in the textile industries. Port Louis is the capital and the largest city.

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Mauritius: Top Cities

Port Louis 155,226 Port Louis District 57.50 x -20.16 Indian/Mauritius
Vacoas 110,000 Plaines Wilhems District 57.48 x -20.30 Indian/Mauritius
Curepipe 84,200 Plaines Wilhems District 57.52 x -20.31 Indian/Mauritius
Quatre Bornes 80,961 Plaines Wilhems District 57.47 x -20.26 Indian/Mauritius
Triolet 23,269 Pamplemousses District 57.55 x -20.05 Indian/Mauritius
Goodland s 20,910 Riviere du Rempart District 57.64 x -20.04 Indian/Mauritius
Centre de Flacq 17,710 Flacq District 57.71 x -20.19 Indian/Mauritius
Bel Air 17,671 Flacq District 57.75 x -20.25 Indian/Mauritius
Mahebourg 17,042 Grand Port District 57.70 x -20.41 Indian/Mauritius
Saint Pierre 16,414 Moka District 57.52 x -20.22 Indian/Mauritius
Le Hochet 15,197 Pamplemousses District 57.52 x -20.14 Indian/Mauritius
Rose Belle 12,619 Grand Port District 57.60 x -20.40 Indian/Mauritius
Chemin Grenier 12,457 Savanne District 57.47 x -20.49 Indian/Mauritius
Riviere du Rempart 11,675 Riviere du Rempart District 57.68 x -20.10 Indian/Mauritius
Grand Baie 11,512 Riviere du Rempart District 57.58 x -20.02 Indian/Mauritius
Plaine Magnien 10,778 Grand Port District 57.65 x -20.43 Indian/Mauritius
Pailles 10,622 Moka District 57.49 x -20.19 Indian/Mauritius
Surinam 10,621 Savanne District 57.51 x -20.51 Indian/Mauritius
Lalmatie 10,404 Flacq District 57.66 x -20.19 Indian/Mauritius
New Grove 9,935 Grand Port District 57.61 x -20.41 Indian/Mauritius
Riviere des Anguilles 9,927 Savanne District 57.55 x -20.49 Indian/Mauritius
Terre Rouge 9,566 Pamplemousses District 57.52 x -20.13 Indian/Mauritius
Petit Raffray 9,117 Riviere du Rempart District 57.61 x -20.01 Indian/Mauritius
Moka 8,842 Moka District 57.50 x -20.22 Indian/Mauritius
Pamplemousses 8,836 Pamplemousses District 57.57 x -20.10 Indian/Mauritius
Montagne Blanche 8,661 57.65 x -20.28 Indian/Mauritius
Grand Bois 7,804 Savanne District 57.54 x -20.42 Indian/Mauritius
Long Mountain 7,775 Pamplemousses District 57.56 x -20.14 Indian/Mauritius
Plaine des Papayes 7,617 Pamplemousses District 57.57 x -20.07 Indian/Mauritius
Grand e Pointe aux Piments 7,556 Pamplemousses District 57.51 x -20.06 Indian/Mauritius