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27th Feb '16 10:05:00 PM Dimas28
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Mauritius is a tiny island nation off the east coast of Africa. It is considered to have one of the best economies in Africa Ė international metrics often label it the richest country in Africa; it's one of the only ones in the region with a per capita income classified as "upper-high". It has no permanent army and thanks to British and French legacy, it has both English and French as official languages.

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->''"Mauritius was made first and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius."''
-->-- '''Creator/MarkTwain'''

Mauritius is a tiny island nation off the east coast of Africa. Famous for its unspoiled beaches combined with the tropical weather and natural inland beauty, hence Mark Twain's quote above. It is also considered to have one of the best economies in Africa Ė international metrics often label it the richest country in Africa; it's one of the only ones in the region with a per capita income classified as "upper-high"."upper-high". Because of its recent human colonization, the country is incredibly cosmopolitan with Indians, Africans, Europeans, and Chinese making up shares of the population. Pluralism is also the rule for the country's politics and affairs; the current Government, for example, features a (Sunni) Muslim as President, a Catholic as Vice-President, and a Hindu as Prime Minister. It has no permanent army and thanks to British and French legacy, it has both English and French as official languages.



Recent studies suggest that the dodo actually disappeared because of the destruction of its habitat and vermin brought by humans (rats, cats, pigs, and so on) rather than from hunting. Contemporary accounts ''all'' mention how awful and unedible the dodo's flesh tasted.

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Recent studies suggest that the dodo actually disappeared because of the destruction of its habitat and vermin brought by humans (rats, cats, pigs, and so on) rather than from hunting. Contemporary accounts ''all'' mention how awful and unedible inedible the dodo's flesh tasted.
20th Sep '15 5:27:04 PM nombretomado
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The island was practically uninhabited until the Dutch came in the 17th century, but harsh conditions forced them to abandon the island. The French arrived some years after that and took control of it (they already controlled the rest of the neighbourhood anyway) and kept it until the NapoleonicWars, when the British took it. The country achieved its independence on 1968, when it became one of the Realms of UsefulNotes/TheCommonwealthOfNations. It stayed this way until 1992, when it became a republic within the Commonwealth.

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The island was practically uninhabited until the Dutch came in the 17th century, but harsh conditions forced them to abandon the island. The French arrived some years after that and took control of it (they already controlled the rest of the neighbourhood anyway) and kept it until the NapoleonicWars, UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars, when the British took it. The country achieved its independence on 1968, when it became one of the Realms of UsefulNotes/TheCommonwealthOfNations. It stayed this way until 1992, when it became a republic within the Commonwealth.
24th Aug '15 9:42:18 AM Soufriere
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Mauritius is a tiny island nation off the east coast of Africa. It is considered to have one of the best economies in Africa Ė international metrics often label it the richest country in Africa; it's the only one in the region with a per capita income classified as "upper-high". It has no permanent army and thanks to British and French legacy, it has both English and French as official languages.

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Mauritius is a tiny island nation off the east coast of Africa. It is considered to have one of the best economies in Africa Ė international metrics often label it the richest country in Africa; it's one of the only one ones in the region with a per capita income classified as "upper-high". It has no permanent army and thanks to British and French legacy, it has both English and French as official languages.
24th Aug '15 9:24:35 AM Soufriere
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Mauritius is a tiny island nation southeast of Africa. Itís a growing economy, considered one of the best in Africa, with an upper-high income. It has no permanent army and thanks to British and French legacy, it has both English and French as official languages.

The island was practically uninhabited until the Dutch came in the 17th century, but harsh conditions forced them to abandon the island. The French arrived some years after that and took control of it (they already controlled the rest of the neighborhood anyway) and kept it until the NapoleonicWars, when the British took it. The country achieved its independence on 1968, when it became part of UsefulNotes/TheCommonwealthOfNations. It stayed this way until 1992, when it became a republic.

The Dutch, even though they didnít stay for long, left two indelible marks on the country. The first of them was the sugar cane, which continues to be the countryís main export. The second was the complete annihilation of one of its natural residents, a bird all people know very well from the media, even though nobody has seen one -- the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodo dodo]]. This bird, endemic to Mauritius, was big, heavy, incapable of flying and didnít appear to be too smart, so the Dutch named it "dodo", referring to its simpleton attitude. Given its natural dopey-ness, they didnít take too long to hunt it to complete extinction. That didnít stop the bird from [[VindicatedByHistory reaching memetic status]], of course, and since then it has appeared everywhere, including ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', among others; it even appears in the coat of arms of the country. A huge achievement for a bird that seems dumber than a turkey.

Recent studies suggest that the dodo actually disappeared because of the destruction of its habitat and vermin brought by humans (rats, cats, pigs and so on) rather than from hunting. Contemporary accounts ''all'' mention how awful and unedible the dodo's flesh tasted.

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Mauritius is a tiny island nation southeast off the east coast of Africa. Itís a growing economy, It is considered to have one of the best economies in Africa, Africa Ė international metrics often label it the richest country in Africa; it's the only one in the region with an upper-high income.a per capita income classified as "upper-high". It has no permanent army and thanks to British and French legacy, it has both English and French as official languages.

The island was practically uninhabited until the Dutch came in the 17th century, but harsh conditions forced them to abandon the island. The French arrived some years after that and took control of it (they already controlled the rest of the neighborhood neighbourhood anyway) and kept it until the NapoleonicWars, when the British took it. The country achieved its independence on 1968, when it became part one of the Realms of UsefulNotes/TheCommonwealthOfNations. It stayed this way until 1992, when it became a republic.

republic within the Commonwealth.

The Dutch, even though they didnít stay for long, left two indelible marks on the country. The first of them was the sugar cane, which continues to be the countryís main export. The second was the complete annihilation of one of its natural residents, a bird all people know very well from the media, even though nobody has seen one -- the Ė [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodo dodo]]. the dodo.]] This bird, endemic to Mauritius, was big, heavy, incapable of flying flying, and didnít appear to be too smart, so the Dutch named it "dodo", referring to its simpleton attitude. Given its natural dopey-ness, they didnít take too long to hunt it to complete extinction. That didnít stop the bird from [[VindicatedByHistory reaching memetic status]], of course, and since then it has appeared everywhere, including ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', among others; it even appears in the coat of arms of the country. A huge achievement for a bird that seems dumber than a turkey.

Recent studies suggest that the dodo actually disappeared because of the destruction of its habitat and vermin brought by humans (rats, cats, pigs pigs, and so on) rather than from hunting. Contemporary accounts ''all'' mention how awful and unedible the dodo's flesh tasted.
16th Jun '13 12:34:03 PM MarkLungo
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The island was practically uninhabited until the Dutch came in the 17th century, but harsh conditions forced them to abandon the island. The French arrived some years after that and took control of it (they already controlled the rest of the neighborhood anyway) and kept it until the NapoleonicWars, when the British took it. The country achieved its independence on 1968, when it became part of TheCommonwealth. It stayed this way until 1992, when it became a republic.

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The island was practically uninhabited until the Dutch came in the 17th century, but harsh conditions forced them to abandon the island. The French arrived some years after that and took control of it (they already controlled the rest of the neighborhood anyway) and kept it until the NapoleonicWars, when the British took it. The country achieved its independence on 1968, when it became part of TheCommonwealth.UsefulNotes/TheCommonwealthOfNations. It stayed this way until 1992, when it became a republic.
24th Mar '13 4:56:54 AM Manawyddan
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Recent studies suggest that the dodo actually disappeared because of vermin brought by humans, like rats, cats, and so on, and not because of hunting. Contemporary accounts ''all'' mention how awful and unedible the dodo's flesh tasted.

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Recent studies suggest that the dodo actually disappeared because of the destruction of its habitat and vermin brought by humans, like rats, humans (rats, cats, pigs and so on, and not because of on) rather than from hunting. Contemporary accounts ''all'' mention how awful and unedible the dodo's flesh tasted.
24th Mar '13 4:55:11 AM Manawyddan
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Recent studies suggest that the dodo actually disappeared because of vermin brought by humans, like rats, cats, and so on, and not because of hunting. Contemporary accounts ''all'' mention how awful and unedible the dodo's flesh tasted.
16th Jan '13 7:11:24 AM zero5889
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->The flag's red, blue, yellow and green stripes symbolize the blood of freedom fighters, the Indian Ocean, the light of independence, and the islands' lush vegetation, respectively.

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->The flag's red, blue, yellow and green stripes symbolize the blood of freedom fighters, the Indian Ocean, the light of independence, and the islands' island's lush vegetation, respectively.
16th Jan '13 7:10:53 AM zero5889
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->The red far-upper stripe symbolizes the blood of the fallen throughout the islands' struggle for self-government; the blue center-upper stripe symbolizes the Indian Ocean; the yellow center-lower stripe symbolizes the light of independence; and the green far-lower stripe symbolizes the lush vegetation of Mauritius.

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->The red far-upper stripe symbolizes flag's red, blue, yellow and green stripes symbolize the blood of freedom fighters, the fallen throughout Indian Ocean, the light of independence, and the islands' struggle for self-government; the blue center-upper stripe symbolizes the Indian Ocean; the yellow center-lower stripe symbolizes the light of independence; and the green far-lower stripe symbolizes the lush vegetation of Mauritius.vegetation, respectively.
15th Jan '13 9:37:16 PM zero5889
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UsefulNotes/{{Mauritius}} is a tiny island nation southeast of Africa. Itís a growing economy, considered one of the best in Africa, with an upper-high income. It has no permanent army and thanks to British and French legacy, it has both English and French as official languages.

The island was practically uninhabited until the Dutch came in the XVII century, but the harsh conditions forced them to abandon the island. The French arrived some years after that and took control of it (they already controlled the rest of the neighborhood anyway) and kept it until the NapoleonicWars, when the British took it. The country achieved its independence on 1968, when it became part of TheCommonwealth. It stayed this way until 1992, when it became a republic.

The Dutch, even though they didnít stay for long, left two indelible marks on the country. The first of them was the sugar cane, which continues to be the countryís main export. The second was the complete annihilation of one of its natural residents, a bird all people know very well from the media, even though nobody has seen one. Iím talking about the dodo. This bird was big, heavy, incapable of flying and didnít appear to be too smart, so the Dutch named it dodo, referring to its simpleton attitude. Given its natural dopey-ness, they didnít take too long to hunt it to complete extinction. That didnít stop the bird from [[VindicatedByHistory reaching memetic status]], of course, and since then it has appeared everywhere, including ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', among others; it even appears in the coat of arms of the country. A huge achievement for a bird that seems dumber than a turkey.

[[AC: The Mauritian flag]]
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/125px-Flag_of_Mauritius_svg_1347.png

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UsefulNotes/{{Mauritius}} Mauritius is a tiny island nation southeast of Africa. Itís a growing economy, considered one of the best in Africa, with an upper-high income. It has no permanent army and thanks to British and French legacy, it has both English and French as official languages.

The island was practically uninhabited until the Dutch came in the XVII 17th century, but the harsh conditions forced them to abandon the island. The French arrived some years after that and took control of it (they already controlled the rest of the neighborhood anyway) and kept it until the NapoleonicWars, when the British took it. The country achieved its independence on 1968, when it became part of TheCommonwealth. It stayed this way until 1992, when it became a republic.

The Dutch, even though they didnít stay for long, left two indelible marks on the country. The first of them was the sugar cane, which continues to be the countryís main export. The second was the complete annihilation of one of its natural residents, a bird all people know very well from the media, even though nobody has seen one. Iím talking about one -- the dodo. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodo dodo]]. This bird bird, endemic to Mauritius, was big, heavy, incapable of flying and didnít appear to be too smart, so the Dutch named it dodo, "dodo", referring to its simpleton attitude. Given its natural dopey-ness, they didnít take too long to hunt it to complete extinction. That didnít stop the bird from [[VindicatedByHistory reaching memetic status]], of course, and since then it has appeared everywhere, including ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', among others; it even appears in the coat of arms of the country. A huge achievement for a bird that seems dumber than a turkey.

[[AC: The [[AC:The Mauritian flag]]
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/125px-Flag_of_Mauritius_svg_1347.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mauritius_flag_8675.png
->The red far-upper stripe symbolizes the blood of the fallen throughout the islands' struggle for self-government; the blue center-upper stripe symbolizes the Indian Ocean; the yellow center-lower stripe symbolizes the light of independence; and the green far-lower stripe symbolizes the lush vegetation of Mauritius.
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