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MAURITIUS EXPLORE
» 29 May 2012
THE OLD AND NEW DUTCH TRAILS

400 years ago, the first Dutchman set foot on this island and named it after Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange. Although the Dutch killed the dodo, they brought the Java deer, sugar cane and many fruit trees like banana, coconut and pineapple to the island. All around the island you will find something that is connected to the Dutch, it can be a city name
or old ruins.

We start in Vieux Grand Port where the Dutch settled for the first time. There they build a wooden fort called Fort Frederik Hendrik. Now it’s a museum and you can still see the big cannons at the corners of the old fort. The Dutch also brought the first slaves from Madagascar to the island. After a couple of years the Dutch build a road to Flacq and start to settle there, and after that they settled in Grand Port bay and Trou d’Eau Douce.
The Dutch tried to introduce agriculture, but failed many times due to the rats that they unwillingly brought along on their ships. After a few attempts the Dutch succeeded to develop agriculture on the island and the population increased. However 30 years later, due to great economic misfortune, the VOC decided to evacuate the island and in 1710 the last Dutchman left Mauritius. Now almost 4 months ago a group of Dutch students came to Mauritius to do their internship. Their trail started in Flic en Flac, on the west coast of the island. In one weekend they explored the whole island by car. They made a list of special spots they crossed during their trail to explore this amazing island. Follow our modern Dutch trail and explore some beautiful spots of the island!

FLIC EN FLAC

The name is from origin Dutch, which means free and flat land. This was the place the students settled and enjoyed themselves on the sunny beach and exploring the little boutiques. Also many bars, clubs and a casino can be found on the coastal road across the public beach. The cuisine that is offered in Flic en Flac can be from Italian pasta to
fresh seafood or a nice piece of steak.

LE MORNE

On the coast highway near Le Morne you will see on your right side a viewing point. You can park your car on the left side of the road. Walk up the stairs and enjoy of the superb
view you will get from the south of the island and of the clear blue ocean.

ROCHESTER FALLS

This waterfall may be small but it is famous for its unusual shaped lava cliffs. Behind Souillac, hidden in the sugar cane fields you will find this waterfall between its lushes vegetation. For the dare devils you can jump of the cliffs, however do this under guidance of a local.

GRIS GRIS

These sheer cliffs are located in the south of the island. Since there is no reef at that part of the island, the waves crashes onto the cliffs, which gives a breathtaking view.  

GRAND BASSIN

Grand Bassin lake is situated in the mountains in the southeastern part of Mauritius. It is said that the lake is connected to the Ganges river in India. Since then it has been declared as a sacred lake. The holy lake is surrounded by temples and sacrificial sites.

FORT FREDERIK HENDRIK

They end their journey where the old Dutch trail started, in Vieux Grand Port. The students visited the museumand looked at the old ruins of the fort. Being there realised them that:
“We may be a small country, but we explored the big world as one of the greatest.”

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