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The fascinating story of Mauritius sugar

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Each day it sweetens your coffee, brings out the flavour of your favourite desserts, turns the simplest of pancakes into a crêpe Suzette and gives a kick to your sweet-and-sour dishes. Discredited and accused of all sorts of evils, it remains none the less a symbol of pleasure.

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The history of Mauritian sugar began in 1639. A handful of settlers had come to the island which had until then been uninhabited. Life was rough and facilities less than adequate. These Dutchmen had brought in their trunks cuttings of sugar cane from their colony in the East Indies.  #Mauritius #island #sugar

The history of Mauritian sugar began in 1639. A handful of settlers had come to the island which had until then been uninhabited. Life was rough and facilities less than adequate. These Dutchmen had brought in their trunks cuttings of sugar cane from their colony in the East Indies. #Mauritius #island #sugar

It was only when the French East India Company established itself in #Mauritius during the next century and particularly following the arrival of La Bourdonnais in 1735 that the first attempts at producing #sugar met with some success. The Isle de France became an important trading post on the route to the East, a commercial stopping place where all sorts of commodities were sold or exchanged – including human beings.

It was only when the French East India Company established itself in #Mauritius during the next century and particularly following the arrival of La Bourdonnais in 1735 that the first attempts at producing #sugar met with some success. The Isle de France became an important trading post on the route to the East, a commercial stopping place where all sorts of commodities were sold or exchanged – including human beings.

In 1810 the #island was taken over by the British. The country, which had until then been more focused on the sea, now became a #plantation colony, a change which was to leave its mark on the lifestyle, culture and social fabric of its population. #Mauritius #sugar

In 1810 the #island was taken over by the British. The country, which had until then been more focused on the sea, now became a #plantation colony, a change which was to leave its mark on the lifestyle, culture and social fabric of its population. #Mauritius #sugar

In 1835 the British abolished slavery. Deprived of its workforce, the sugar industry would from now on benefit from the organized immigration of Indian indentured labourers. #Mauritius #sugar

In 1835 the British abolished slavery. Deprived of its workforce, the sugar industry would from now on benefit from the organized immigration of Indian indentured labourers. #Mauritius #sugar

Sugarcanes in #Mauritius #island

Sugarcanes in #Mauritius #island

Sugarcanes in #Mauritius

Sugarcanes in #Mauritius

The luxuriant scenery of a #sugar island - #Mauritius

The luxuriant scenery of a #sugar island - #Mauritius

It was only when the French East India Company established itself in Mauritius during the next century and particularly following the arrival of La Bourdonnais in 1735 that the first attempts at producing sugar met with some success.

It was only when the French East India Company established itself in Mauritius during the next century and particularly following the arrival of La Bourdonnais in 1735 that the first attempts at producing sugar met with some success.

The 20s were boom years for the #sugar industry. #Mauritius

The 20s were boom years for the #sugar industry. #Mauritius

Inquiring visitors may come across various vestiges of the old sugar mills such as chimneys, lime kilns and even a few windmills. So it’s up to you to explore!

Inquiring visitors may come across various vestiges of the old sugar mills such as chimneys, lime kilns and even a few windmills. So it’s up to you to explore!


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Inquiring visitors may come across various vestiges of the old sugar mills such as chimneys, lime kilns and even a few windmills. So it’s up to you to explore!

Inquiring visitors may come across various vestiges of the old sugar mills such as chimneys, lime kilns and even a few windmills. So it’s up to you to explore!

Amazing history of how Indians came to Fiji as indentured workers (slaves, really) with a "girmit" or contract to  work for 5 years. Then they stayed and created a new culture uniquely combining India and island life

Amazing history of how Indians came to Fiji as indentured workers (slaves, really) with a "girmit" or contract to work for 5 years. Then they stayed and created a new culture uniquely combining India and island life

Totaram Sanadhya (1876–1947) was  an indentured labourer brought to Fiji in 1893.  After completing his indenture he established himself as a small farmer and a Hindu priest but spent most of his time trying to assist the less fortunate still under the bondage of indenture. 21 years after indenture he returned to India, in 1914, and wrote about his experience in the book, “My Twenty-One Years in the Fiji Islands” which was important  in the campaign to end the Indian indenture system.

Totaram Sanadhya (1876–1947) was an indentured labourer brought to Fiji in 1893. After completing his indenture he established himself as a small farmer and a Hindu priest but spent most of his time trying to assist the less fortunate still under the bondage of indenture. 21 years after indenture he returned to India, in 1914, and wrote about his experience in the book, “My Twenty-One Years in the Fiji Islands” which was important in the campaign to end the Indian indenture system.

On 14 May 1879, the "Leonidas", the ship with the first indentured labourers from India, arrived in Fiji.

On 14 May 1879, the "Leonidas", the ship with the first indentured labourers from India, arrived in Fiji.

Of malolo levu the coral zoom earn have islands, a pacific resort islands-islands fiji of islands. Description from funbounce4allrentals.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Of malolo levu the coral zoom earn have islands, a pacific resort islands-islands fiji of islands. Description from funbounce4allrentals.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900 (20) by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr

SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900 (20) by Okinawa Soba, via Flickr

SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900 (18), via Flickr.

SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900 (18), via Flickr.

The friendly people of Fiji will make you feel welcome upon arrival to their over 300 Island Nation.    Everyone loves the beach but take time to...

The friendly people of Fiji will make you feel welcome upon arrival to their over 300 Island Nation. Everyone loves the beach but take time to...

The colored earths Chamarel (Mauritius Island), created by the erosion of volcanic ash

The colored earths Chamarel (Mauritius Island), created by the erosion of volcanic ash

Mauritius Hand Flag 25cm , http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00473VC8K/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_Jdr4sb10FBTXJ

Mauritius Hand Flag 25cm , http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00473VC8K/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_Jdr4sb10FBTXJ

Mauritius - giant tree in the Pamplemousses botanical garden | Mauritius | Flickr - Photo Sharing! #travel

Mauritius - giant tree in the Pamplemousses botanical garden | Mauritius | Flickr - Photo Sharing! #travel

Pipengaille is a very well known vegetable in Mauritius.    This vegetable can be prepared into various dishes for example:    Pipengaille Curry  Pipengaille...

Pipengaille is a very well known vegetable in Mauritius. This vegetable can be prepared into various dishes for example: Pipengaille Curry Pipengaille...

Mauritius - a perfect place to find sun, sea and sand. But it has much more to offer ⚜ Click for tips.

Mauritius - a perfect place to find sun, sea and sand. But it has much more to offer ⚜ Click for tips.