Abandoned by the Dutch, the island became a French colony when, in September 1715, Guillaume Dufresne D’Arsel landed and took possession of this precious port of call on the route to India. He named the island “Isle de France”, but it was only in 1721 that the French started their occupation. However, it was only as from 1735, with the arrival of the most illustrious of French governor, Mahé de La Bourdonnais, that the “Isle de France“started developing effectively. Under the French, the island witnessed major changes. The increasing importance of agriculture led to the importation of slaves and the undertaking of vast infrastructural works that transformed Port Louis into a major capital, port, warehousing, and commercial centre.
Dutch Settlers & The Dodo
The first recorded mention of the dodo was by Dutch sailors in 1598. In the following years, the bird was hunted by sailors and invasive species, while its habitat was being destroyed. The last widely accepted sighting of a dodo was in 1662. The Dutch had landed at Grand Port in the southeast, driven by a storm. They remained here until 1710 and left discouraged by the successive storms, the infestations of pests and epidemics. A memorial was erected where they landed, next to Ferney. At Vieux Grand Port, the Frederik Hendrik Museum and the ruins relate the Dutch stay on the island. The island was named Mauritius – Ile Maurice after the Prince Maurice de Nassau. They are remembered for the introduction of sugar-cane, domestic animals and deer.
Our History – The Journey of The Non-settlers Arab & Portuguese Sailors
Mauritius had for a long time remained unknown and uninhabited. It was visited by Arab sailors during the Middle Ages, and on maps of about 1500, it is shown by an Arabic name ‘Dina Arobi’. The Portuguese sailor Domingo Fernandez Pereira was probably the first European to land on the island at around 1511. The island appears with a Portuguese name ‘Cirne’ on early Portuguese maps, probably because of the presence of the Dodo, a flightless bird which was found in great numbers at that time.
Donne to lamain pran mo lamain
We seek to celebrate the Mauritian diaspora in Australia. Celebrating the diversity, the longevity, the older Mauritian, the younger Mauritian, the Australian of Mauritian Ancestry and Mauritian culture in all its glorious dimensions. We have always been proponents of ‘Blue Ocean’ businesses and were keen to launch a unique concept in Mauritius. The range promotes the most popular international dishes to Mauritians.
Nu lidentiter, Dan liniter – Hand-in-hand we can make the difference and bring our unity to the rest of the world!
Thanks for the Support! This would not have been possible without you. Over the course of our 10 years, we will celebrate you, the reason why we are here today and the main reason why we love doing what we do every single day. Let’s look forward to another 10 years together and make the most of what we can achieve together.
Nu lidentiter, Dan liniter – Our Identity is in our Unity!
Celebrating 10 Years!
Born in 2012 in Melbourne Australia, La Caze Mama is a leading promoter of Mauritian culture with a focus on its food culture. It operates Australia’s largest importer and distributor of Mauritian foodstuffs distributing Mauritian foods in more than 80 shops nationally and a cafe in the heart of Dandenong in Melbourne. Today we celebrate our 10th Year Anniversary!! Our diversity and proud roots is something we should all appreciate – no matter what background we are from. From this day on let’s celebrate, let’s embrace and more importantly…let’s eat good food!