The French Period (1715 - 1810)
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In 1710 the Dutch abandoned for good the island after two unsuccessful attempts at colonisation. A French sea captain, Dufresne d'Arsel claimed the island for France in 1715 and called it "ile de France" but it was only in 1721 that a small party was sent to began settling on the island. The island remained French till the British invaded in 1810 during the Napoleonic wars.
Under the French, the island became a relatively prosperous colony with numerous French immigrants settling there. The French presence has had a profound influence on the fate of Mauritius.
Press articles on the French Heritage
L'île de la Passe se refait une beauté (2 septembre 2001)
Looking back, looking forward: The future of Mauritius' economy may lie in its past (25th Nov 2001)
Líîle Maurice et les vicissitudes de sa position géostratégique (24 septembre 2003)
Date on the web: 7th of September 2001
Last update: 6th October 2003
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