• Mauritius

    Learn about the rich history of Mauritius and its development as a stopover on the trade routes to a dynamic developing nation. “Discover” articles feature the island’s regions, sister islands, culture and nature.

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  • Gastronomy

    The diversity of cuisine in Mauritius derives from its cultural mix of colonialism and migrants over several centuries. Some would say that ‘tourist’ recipes have been rediscovered and others refined.

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  • Leisure

    Mauritius has an abundance of cultural, nature, entertainment activities and events that both the locals and tourists can enjoy. We should not forget sports, may they be local, regional or international.

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  • Lifestyle

    Is it about the values that you and your family want to live by or is it the persona you want to project? It can be about your wardrobe, a smartphone, a car or your home furnishings. In other words it is about your lifestyle!

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  • Wellness

    Mauritius has a holistic approach to good health with spas, yoga, natural remedies and other methods, while the population is provided with free access to hospital services and wellness parks.

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  • Romance

    Romance comes easy for a tropical island, so naturally Mauritius has become a dream destination for weddings and honeymoons. Couples (local and foreign) can find information and ideas right here.

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  • Travel - Tourism

    The South-East Indian Ocean features great travel destinations with the Mascarene or the Vanilla Islands offering great holiday opportunities including Mauritius, Madagascar, Reunion, Madagascar and Seychelles

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Sugarcane cutting in Mauritius IslandEtymologically the word "Sugar" has its roots in the word "Arquera" which means "sand "in Sanskrit, one of the first known languages. This term has transformed into the word sugar in all Indo-European languages: sacquerons in Greek; in Latin, saccharin; sugar in English; in German, zucker; zucchero in Italian; in Arabic, sukkar; and azucar in Spanish. Sugar cane was first introduced to Mauritius by the Dutch and cultivated by the French and British as the tropical climate was perfect for growing sugar cane.

Historians report that the cultivation of sugar cane was the main reason for the introduction of slaves to Mauritius. The intercontinental commercial movement that was the sugar trade played a part in the early stages of globalisation, giving rise to the infamous "triangular trade" that involved the exchange of goods for slaves in Africa, who were then sold in other markets across the Atlantic.
The history of sugar was also marked by inventions and technical developments thanks in part to the battle between cane sugar and beet sugar that resulted from the British blockade of cane sugar to France during the Napoleonic Wars. As a result, Napoleon opened schools specifically for the purpose of studying the sugar beet plant and ordered that 28,000 hectares (69,000 acres) be devoted to growing it, ultimately this move was responsible for sugar beets being the main source of sugar in continental Europe today.

Today, what was once a precious commodity is now omnipresent in diets worldwide and in 2017 global sugar consumption was more than 171 million metric tonnes, an increase of 17 million metric tonnes since 2009 alone.