Mauritius in History

Historical Events

  • 1598-09-17 Netherland sailors discover Mauritius
  • 1638-05-07 Cornelis S Goyer takes possession of Mauritius (uninhabited)

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1836-05-09 HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin departs Port Louis, Mauritius

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
  • 1940-12-09 Illeagal Jewish immigrants to Haifa are deported to Mauritius
  • 1945-08-25 Jewish immigrants are permitted to leave Mauritius for Palestine
  • 1968-03-12 Mauritius gains independence from Britain (National Day)
  • 1968-04-24 Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations.
  • 1992-03-12 Mauritius becomes a republic while remaining a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • 2013-03-31 11 people are killed in flooding at Port Louis, Mauritius

Famous Birthdays

  • 1977-01-26 Cindy Cesar, Miss Mauritius Universe (1997)