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Mauritius (French: Maurice; Mauritian Creole: Moris); Officially the Republic of Mauritius (French: Republique de Maurice), is an island nation off the coast of Africa in the southwest Indian Ocean and about 900 kilometers (560 mi) east of Madagascar. In addition to the island of Mauritius, the republic includes the islands of St. Brandon, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands. Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands, with the French island of Reunion 200 kilometers (125 mi) to the southwest.
Some historians believe that the Phoenicians visited Mauritius as early as 2000 BC. While Arab and Malay sailors knew of Mauritius as early as the 10th century and Portuguese sailors first visited it in 1505, the island remained uninhabited until 1638 when it was colonized by the Dutch. They named the island in honour of Prince Maurice of Nassau. Because of climate changes, cyclones and the deterioration of the settlement, the Dutch abandoned the island some decades later. The French controlled the island during the 18th century and named it Ile de France (Isle of France). Despite winning the famous Battle of Grand-Port, Napoleon's only naval win over the British, the French were defeated by the British in the north of the island, at Cap Malheureux three months later, and thus lost possession to the British in 1810. The latter reverted the island to its former name.
Independence was attained in 1968, with the country becoming a republic within the Commonwealth in 1992. Mauritius has been a stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record, and has attracted considerable foreign investment earning one of Africa's highest per capita incomes. Mauritius aims to become the business hub of the Indian Ocean. New business opportunities in banking and the technology sector are being actively sought.
The island of Mauritius itself is formed around a central plateau, with its highest peak in the southwest. Around the plateau, the original crater can still be distinguished from several mountains. The local climate is tropical, modified by southeast trade winds; there is a warm, dry winter from May to November and a hot, wet, and humid summer from November to May. Cyclones affect the country during November-April.
Mauritian society is highly multicultural. Island residents are the descendants of people from the Indian subcontinent, continental Africa, Madagascar, France, England, China plus a few other places. The official language of Mauritius is English. French dominates the media and business, radio and television, despite France having lost its colonial dominion over the island nearly 200 years ago. The French-derived Mauritian Creole, with influences from the other dialects, is widely spoken (80%) on the island and is considered the lingua franca of the country. French and French creole is used in everyday life. ()