In the district of Port Louis, lies the 1,640 m2 site where the modern indentured labour diaspora began. In 1834, the British Government selected the island of Mauritius to be the first site for what it called ‘the great experiment’ in the use of ‘free’ labour to replace slaves. Between 1834 and 1920, almost half a million indentured labourers arrived from India at Aapravasi Ghat to work in the sugar plantations of Mauritius, or to be transferred to Reunion Island, Australia, southern and eastern Africa or the Caribbean. The buildings of Aapravasi Ghat are among the earliest explicit manifestations of what was to become a global economic system and one of the greatest migrations in history.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|vi||To be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria).||All|
|Notre Dame des Laves||2018||207.2km||site_ao|
|The ‘Iron Hole’ in the Middle of the Indian Ocean||2017||225.1km||site_ao|
|Legislative Assembly and Government Center||0.5km||site_brutalism|
|Le Morne Cultural Landscape||2008||37.4km||site_whs|
|Pitons, cirques and remparts of Reunion Island||2010||235.1km||site_whs|
|Paris in Beautiful Color Images from 1890: The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Panth√©on, and More (1890)||2019||5.6km||post|
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