Although known to Arab and
Malay sailors as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was first
explored by the Portuguese in 1505; it was subsequently held by the
Dutch, French, and British before independence was attained in 1968. A
stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human
rights record, the country has attracted considerable foreign
investment and has earned one of Africa's highest per capita incomes.
Creole, Bhojpuri, French