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Aapravasi Ghat, Port Louis
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The Immigration Depot is a building complex located in Port Louis on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, the first British colony to receive indentured, or contracted, labor workforce from India. From 1849 to 1923, half a million Indian indentured labourers passed through the Immigration Depot, to be transported to plantations throughout the British Empire. The large-scale migration of the laborers left an indelible mark on the societies of many former British colonies, with Indians constituting a substantial proportion of their national populations. In Mauritius alone, 68 percent of the current total population is of Indian ancestry. The Immigration Depot has thus become an important reference point in the history and cultural identity of Mauritius.Unchecked infrastructural development in the mid-20th century means that only the partial remains of three stone buildings from the entire complex have survived. These are now protected as a national monument, under the Mauritian national heritage legislation. The Immigration Depot's role in social history was recognized by UNESCO when it was declared a World Heritage Site in 2006. The site is under the management of the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund. Conservation efforts are underway to restore the fragile buildings back to their 1860s state.
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  • Mauritius is more than beaches, diving & surfing. It's history of slavery then indentured Indian labour employed to build the sugar industry is what made the country what it is today. The Aapravasi Gh...  more »
  • If you want to understand the island of Mauritius, a must visit this museum. Place loan of emotion. For info, free entry.
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  • Came across by chance when visiting the capital by local bus. Very close to waterfront. An absolute gem so interesting I could have stayed all day. Modern interactive exhibition celebrating the first ...  more »