Mauritius Today; Growth, Heritage and Art

Mauritius is, as we have mentioned over and over again on this site, more than white sand beaches and stunning turquoise waters; it is a culturally rich and exciting place to explore with heritage, art and diversity unlike anywhere you have ever been. It has only been just over 50 years since this country became independent, and since then, it has continued to expand, to be one of the most diverse places that can be found on the Indian Ocean. Let’s take an in-depth look at the culture, arts and heritage that give Mauritius so much personality and a dynamic backdrop.

Cultural Diversity

As we have discussed and mentioned a few times, the country is a mix of French, Indian, Creole and Chinese people who, despite their ethnicities, have a sense of national pride that is indescribable. Recent news, events and claims to fame, are rooted in their famous hospitality and welcoming nature.

The empire, and colonial, days of the country were mostly under the French or British rule, and much of this remains evident in today’s culture. The first ever visitors to this beautiful island were spice traders and Arabian seafarers, who were followed closely by the Dutch, as well as Portuguese empire builders. In hot pursuit were the British, who took over with a firey reign until French farmers and plantation owners arrived with slaves from countries such as Madagascar. The Indian and Chinese populations did not come until the 19th century and brought goods, crafts and religion.

This diversity is what makes the country unique, and has created a society that is forward thinking and innovative. This can be seen by the recent challenge, and speaking out, over the sovereignty of the Chagos islands and their own independence.

More recent evolution has caused Mauritius to develop and move towards more modern practices and infrastructure, with all the signs pointing to continued expansion in jobs and economic wellbeing.