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Discovered by the Dutch and the French in the 16th and 18th century respectively, Mauritius became British at the beginning of the 19th century and remained under British rule until its independence in 1968. In 1992, Mauritius changed its status from a Constitutional Monarchy to that of a Republic but chose to remain in the British Commonwealth.

Situated in the Indian Ocean, approximately 2000 kms to the east of Durban (South Africa), the island covers a total area of 1860 km² or 720 miles². Mauritius is situated mid-way between Europe and the Far East, being four hours ahead of GMT and four hours behind the Far East. Mauritius has a population of 1.2 million and Mauritians are bilingual, being equally fluent in English, the official language, and French.

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