Recommended places for visits

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Coral Azur Beach Resort, Mont Choisy

Fact sheet of the Beach Resort

The Civilization Studies Society intends to organize talks and visits to
Churches, Parks, Museums, university, salt pan and suger cane farm during the stay.

Mauritius emblem

Stella clavisque Maris Indici 「印度洋的鑰匙和明星」。

Themes for private study on Mauritius

1) 地理:印度洋 - 火山島, 珊瑚礁

板塊構造 Plate tectonics
海底地形中的海溝(Oceanic trench)、中洋脊(Mid-ocean ridge)及海底山鏈
印度洋東南海嶺 Southeast Indian Ridge
羅德里格斯三向聯結構造 Rodrigues Triple Junction

迪戈加西亞島 Diego Garcia

Diego Garcia

Diego Garcia

馬斯克林群島(Mascarene Islands): Mauritius, Réunion, Rodrigues, Agaléga, Cargados Carajos shoals, plus the former islands of the Saya de Malha, Nazareth and Soudan banks.


2) 歷史:History of Mauritius, slave trade and indentured labourers (契約奴工)

1505 discovered by the Portuguese
1598 ceded to the Dutch, erecting a fort at Grand Port
from 1638 to 1710 - Mauritius was an official settlement of the Dutch East India Company
1710 taken over by the French
1723 East India Company of France sanctioned the introduction of slaves, but slavery existed even under the Dutch regime.
1814 ceded to the British after the Napoleonic wars
1965: independence
1992: republic

Slave and coolie statistics:
1776 - slaves 25,000; free negroes 1,200
1799 - slaves 55,000; free negroes 35,000 (3,500??)
1832 - slaves 63,500; free negroes 16,000

1829: the charter of the slave population proclaimed
1833 The British Emancipation Act passed
total negroes in Mauritius: 65,320

1839: 24,566 coolies from Ceylon and India.

Mauritian Creole - the people and the language

3) 政治:Commparison between the British colony of Hong Kong and Mauritius

Governor of Mauritius
1879–1880: 寶雲 (George Ferguson Bowen, 1821 - 1899)
1883–1889: 軒尼詩 (John Pope Hennessy 1834 – 1891)

[Governor of Hong Kong
1877–1882: 軒尼詩; 1883–1885: 寶雲 ]

4) 華僑史:Chinese migrants in Mauritius

朱梅遴 人物数据库 中华侨乡网
朱志筠 人物数据库 中华侨乡网

5)觀賞重點:Adventure, entertainment and visits


Full day Catamaran cruise: Euro 78, BBQ lunch, drinks, and snorkel equipment.
Duration: 9h30 to 16h00 from Monday to Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday on request.

Undersea walk is an opportunity for non-divers to discover the magic of the underwater world in Mauritius.
It is accessible to adult, children as from 7 years, swimmers and non swimmers. The special Aqua equipment is a clear plastic bubble allowing a unique panoramic vision and this outing offers direct contact with the undersea flora and fauna.
The undersea walk is done in groups of 6 in calm and shallow water, it is amazing to touch and feed multi-coloured coral reef fishes.
The undersea walk of 20 to 25 minutes takes place on the sandy bottom of the lagoon at average 3-metres depth. It operates from a platform moored inside the lagoon. You can wear glasses or contact lenses since your head remains dry. Before the undersea expedition, you are equipped with a designed diving helmet receiving compress air.
The Helmet diving can be organized every day throughout the year.

b) MGI Folk Museum - The Archives of Indian Immigration

c) National History (Mahébourg) Museum9am-4pm Wed-Mon

Located at a colonial residence built in around 1771 on the south east coast on A10 road at Mahébourg between Blue Bay and Vieux Grand Port.
The museum occupies three floors, tow of which are accessible to the public. On the ground floor wreckage of sailing ships that took part in the Grand Port battle, original cannon, cannonball, paintings and swords and weaponry of Robert Surcouf, the eighteenth-century corsair, popularly known as the king of the Corsairs. A large relief map shows the complicated reefs of Vieux Grand Port where the great battle took place. The bell, recovered from the wreckage of the St Geran which sunk off the east coast in 1744, is also on display. There is an interesting newspaper cutting of Charles Seabourne, who with survivors from the ship Trevessa, landed at Bel Ombre in the south in 1923 after spending 25 days at sea. On display are the ship's biscuits, a razor and the lid of a cigarette tin which they used to measure water rations. In a separate showcase is a Roll of Honour dedicated to Mauritians who died in World War II.
On the first floor are Labourdonnais' four-poster bed, two palanquins or wooden sedan-type chairs, which were borne by slaves to convey their masters through the country and a collection of coins, curios, model sailing ships and early maps, labelled in French and English.

d) Church of Sainte-Croix

Jacques-Désiré Laval (1803-1864)
He was sent as a missionary to the island of Mauritius in 1841. He spent the next twenty-three years in service to the people of that island nation.
Many of Père Laval's parishioners were poor and uneducated former slaves. He lived with them, learned their language, fasted when supplies were short, and slept in a packing crate.

e) Mauritius Sega dance

Inscribed in 2014 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Sega music is the major music of the Mascarene Islands: Mauritius, Réunion and Rodrigues as well as of the Seychelles.
Sega music originated among the slave populations of Mauritius and Réunion.
It is usually in 6/8 tempo and has an associated dance form.
The music's traditional form was largely improvised and intensely emotional and expressed the tribulations of a subjugated, initially enslaved, people.
Sega is danced without the feet ever leaving the ground. Instead, the rest of the body moves.

f) Seven Coloured Earth at Chamarel Mauritius

In the Chamarel plain, in the Rivière Noire District of south-western Mauritius, you can find the Seven Coloured Earth(s), approximately red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow. They are spontaneously settled in small area of sand dunes in different layers, acquiring a surrealistic, striped colouring. If one takes a handful of sands of different colours and mixes them together, they'll eventually separate into a layered spectrum. The Chamarel's Coloured Earths seemingly never erode, in spite of torrential, tropical rains.

g) The novel Paul and Virginie (Mary) by Bernardin de Saint Pierre (1737-1814) which was published in 1787 and has appeared in more than 500 editions and translations, is the master-piece of French colonial romanticism before even the term romantic became fashionable.
The characters of Paul and Virginie lived in the island of Mauritius under French rule, then named Île de France, which the author had visited and described as a place without needing technology or man-made interference. Paul and Virginie are two playmates whose affection develop into love. The story ends with the drowning of Virginie and the death of Paul from grief. It is said that "few works in the abundant exotic literature have drawn so many tears".
Many readers of the novel came to visit Mauritius in search of the paradise described in the book.

Another edition: Paul and Mary: an Indian story (free ebook/pdf)

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