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History PDF Print E-mail
Mauritius was first discovered by Arab seafarers in the 19th century and was visited again at the beginning of the 16th century by the Portuguese. The Dutch were first to colonise the island in 1598 and named it after Prince Maurice of Nassau. They left around 1710 after introducing sugarcane crops, deer and monkeys. Meanwhile the ebony forests were destroyed by overexploitation and the dodo was exterminated. It became the emblem of endangered animal species and conservation worldwide.
Cultural Dances PDF Print E-mail
Every Mauritian is brought up with the Sega dance. This dance specific to Mauritius, originated from the slaves brought from Africa. Dancing around the fire at the end of a hard day’s work was obviously their way to temporarily put aside the painful moments of their miserable existence. Today, Sega is the national dance heard everywhere and on every occasion for entertainment.
Climate PDF Print E-mail
There are no extreme temperatures either in the summer or winter. In summer months, from November to April temperatures range from 23 degree census to 33 degree census, while winter, lasting from May to October, registers temperatures ranging between 17 degree census to 23 degree census.
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With such a colourful background, most Mauritians are at least trilingual. English is the official language, but French and Creole are commonly used. Among many oriental language, Hindi and Bhojpuri are widely used. Hotels trained there staffs to converse with there guest in different language such as German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Dutch.

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