Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Mauritius - Le Morne Cultural Landscape (1)
Le Morne in Mauritius.
Sent by Tasneem from Mauritius. This is the first postcard from Mauritius.
An understanding of the role Mauritius played in the India Ocean slave trade has developed in response to research in recent years. Slaves first reached Mauritius in 1639 only a year after the Dutch East India Company established its first settlement on the island. During the 1640s more than 300 slaves were imported form Madagascar to exploit the natural resources of the island and slaves remained part of the population until 1710 when the Dutch abandoned the island.