The first slaves arrived in Mauritius from Madagascar in 1639 and by the late eighteenth century, slaves accounted for around eighty percent of the island’s population with forty percent from East Africa and just under seven percent from India.
By 1810, when the British arrived on the island with the Indians in a fleet, the slave population on the island was around 60,000.
Mauritius was the last place in the British colonies to abolish slavery, on 1 February 1835.
The abolition of slavery is commemorated at the International Slave Route Monument on the Le Morne Peninsula, where the runaway slaves are considered Mauritius’s first freedom fighters.
Today we are working with more than 𝟰𝟬 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗠𝗮𝘂𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘂𝘀, many of them small businesses. We supply to more than 80 stores nationally and employ more than 20 people in Mauritius and another 7 over in Australia.