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Mauritius

Originally colonized by the Dutch in the 17th century, Mauritius later came under French rule and then was captured by the British in 1810. On 12 March 1968 it achieved independence within the Commonwealth with Seewoosagur Ramgoolam as prime minister. Mauritius holds the record for the longest period spent as a Commonwealth Realm, 24 years, with it becoming a republic on 12 March 1992.

A Brief History of Mauritius
A brief introduction to the history of Mauritius from the time of early colonization to the present day.

Background Notes: Mauritius
A useful potted history is included with these US Department of State Background Notes on Mauritius. Also included is a range of political, economic, and geographical data, as well as information on its people, defense, and relations with the US.

Mauritius - Library of Congress Country Studies
The Library of Congress Country Study for Mauritius provides an excellent and fairly detailed history of the country. This information was originally compiled for the US Department of Army in case of potential deployment -- examining the historical, social, economic, and political background the country. (The only problem with this site is the awkwardness of navigating so many pages.)

Mauritius History from Lonely Planet
A quirky, colloquial presentation of Mauritius’s history presented by LonelyPlanet.com. Makes awfully good reading and may galvanize your interest in Africa’s regional history. Not only suitable for travelers.

Mauritius - a Country Profile from the BBC
An extremely brief historical overview accompanies this BBC Country Profile of Mauritius. Of particular interest are the simplified regional map (see where the country is in Africa), a photograph of Mauritius’s current Chief of State, and details about the countries media.

Timeline for Mauritius from the BBC
A chronology of important events in the history of Mauritius given by year (and for more recent events by month also).

CIA World Fact Book: Mauritius
A useful map and a range of geographical, political, and economic facts which are mostly up-to-date. Unfortunately this country profile lacks historical information (except for independence date), but the population statistics are probably the best available.

Mauritius's Chief of State and Cabinet Ministers
Updated weekly, this list of Mauritius's Chief of State and Cabinet Ministers is provided by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.

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