The Chinese Traders - The Chinese Traders
In the 𝟭𝟳𝟴𝟬𝘀, thousands of voluntary Chinese migrants (estimated to be more than 3000 ) set sail for 𝗣𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗟𝗼𝘂𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗚𝘂𝗮𝗻𝗴𝘇𝗵𝗼𝘂 𝗼𝗻 𝗯𝗼𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗵, 𝗙𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗵, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗗𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽𝘀; they found employment as blacksmiths, carpenters, cobblers, and tailors, and quickly formed a small Chinatown, the camp des Chinois, in 𝗣𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗟𝗼𝘂𝗶𝘀.
The first wave of migration from China to Mauritius occurred in the 𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 𝟭𝟴𝟬𝟬𝘀, the Chinese migrants who came to Mauritius were mainly from the 𝗫𝗶𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝗻 𝗙𝘂𝗷𝗶𝗮𝗻 province. Most of these migrants from 𝗙𝘂𝗷𝗶𝗮𝗻 were merchants and therefore according to the law, they were not allowed to bring their families with them, were not allowed to buy lands unless they abandoned their 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽 and adopted a 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗽; therefore, this lead to many intermarriage with women of the 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗼𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗻 communities in order to build their own families or buy lands under the name their spouses.
In 𝟭𝟴𝟮𝟵, the British brought to a group of Chinese migrants to work on sugar plantations; European sugar planters worked them like slaves, causing the Chinese migrants to start a failed revolt.
By mid-century, the total resident Chinese population reached five thousand. When Mauritius gained independence in 𝟭𝟵𝟲𝟴, the Chinese population stood at around 𝟮𝟱,𝟬𝟬𝟬, but since then, numbers have diminished to around 𝟭𝟴,𝟬𝟬𝟬 due to outmigration and smaller family sizes.

A BIG THANK YOU!

We would like to first and foremost thank you, the Mauritian community in Australia, for the support you have given us in the last 10 years. Without you and your support, we would not have been able to celebrate this anniversary. Together we have been able to send money back home and support the local economy and lower skilled jobs. We hope you understand how important you are in all of this.

Nu lidentiter, Dan liniter – Our Identity is in our Unity!

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