Important Historic Milestones for Mauritius

To understand Mauritius’ present and current situation, we must understand their past, and the critical milestones that helped the country evolve to be what it is today.

In March 1968, Mauritius gained its independence from Britain. Despite this, the Queen remains the person in charge and the respected head of state.

Upon receiving and declaring their independence, the country developed a new flag that was symbolic. The red stripe was a symbol of blood that was shed when slavery and suffering were a sacrifice made during colonisation. It also represents the self-determination, and the struggle that was fought as the island sought independence. The yellow stripe in the middle is the light associated with autonomy and the sunshine that is related to the country’s bright future. Finally, the green line was, and still is, symbolic of the greenery that can be seen and enjoyed all over the island.

  • The 1970s were a time when nature was at risk, but the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation was formed to combat this. It worked towards and successfully saved, many endangered species of birds including the Mauritius Kestrel, the Echo Parakeet as well as the Pink Pigeon, all three that were almost extinct.
  • The 1990s marked what is now known formally as the First Economic Miracle, when the post-colonial time allowed the economy to boom, with the manufacturing sector taking off, and realising great success. Tourism was booming and continued to grow, and the sugar industry also contributed to the unprecedented and impressive growth of the economy.
  • 1992 was the year that Mauritius became an official republic after 24 years of independence.
  • 1994 was a time that was traumatic for Mauritius, as it was devastated by Cyclone Hollanda, but it was also a year that showed the country’s strength as they banded together to rebuild their beloved nation.

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