Friday, November 12, 2010
Mauritius - Aapravasi Ghat
Starting point of modern indentured labour diaspora.
Sent by Tasneem from Mauritius.
In 1721 the French took formal possession of Mauritius. Because of its sheltered position, Trou Fanfaron, became the landing point for the first French settlers who begun the construction of Port Louis in 1732, using labour from India, Africa and the Malagasy. Large defensive walls and a hospital with foursquare walls around a court were some of the earliest constructions. The hospital still exists in the buffer zone.
Note : I've completed all UNESCO postcards Mauritius.