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Although known to Arab and Malay sailors as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and subsequently settled by the Dutch - who named it in honor of Prince Maurits van NASSAU - in the 17th century. The French assumed control in 1715, developing the island into an important naval base overseeing Indian Ocean trade, and establishing a plantation economy of sugar cane. The British captured the island in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars. Mauritius remained a strategically important British naval base, and later an air station, playing an important role during World War II for anti-submarine and convoy operations, as well as the collection of signals intelligence. Independence from the UK was attained in 1968. A stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, the country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has earned one of Africa's highest per capita incomes. Recent poor weather, declining sugar prices, and declining textile and apparel production, have slowed economic growth, leading to some protests over standards of living in the Creole community. (from the CIA)
 
 

 

Economic Overview

Since independence in 1968, mauritius has developed from a low-income, agriculturally based economy to a middle-income diversified economy with growing industrial, financial, and tourist sectors. for most of the period, annual growth has been in the order of 5% to 6%. this remarkable achievement has been reflected in more equitable income distribution, increased life expectancy, lowered infant mortality, and a much-improved infrastructure. the economy rests on sugar, tourism, textiles and apparel, and financial services, and is expanding into fish processing, information and communications technology, and hospitality and property development. sugarcane is grown on about 90% of the cultivated land area and accounts for 15% of export earnings. the government's development strategy centers on creating vertical and horizontal clusters of development in these sectors. mauritius has attracted more than 32,000 offshore entities, many aimed at commerce in india, south africa, and china. investment in the banking sector alone has reached over $1 billion. mauritius, with its strong textile sector, has been well poised to take advantage of the africa growth and opportunity act (agoa).

Environmental Issues

Water pollution, degradation of coral reefs

Government Type

Parliamentary democracy

Population

1,274,189 (july 2008 est.)

Location

Southern africa, island in the indian ocean, east of madagascar

Area

Total: 2,040 sq km land: 2,030 sq km water: 10 sq km note: includes agalega islands, cargados carajos shoals (saint brandon), and rodrigues

Almost 11 times the size of washington, dc

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: republic of mauritius conventional short form: mauritius local long form: republic of mauritius local short form: mauritius

Capital

Name: port louis geographic coordinates: 20 09 s, 57 29 e time difference: utc+4 (9 hours ahead of washington, dc during standard time)

International Disputes

Mauritius claims the chagos archipelago (uk-administered british indian ocean territory), and its former inhabitants, who reside chiefly in mauritius; claims french-administered tromelin island

Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

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