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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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  • Nice and very interesting museum about the history of indentured laborers in Mauritius. In walking distance from the Caudan Waterfront.  more »
  • This is a great small museum about the history of indentured labour in Mauritius. We nearly missed out because it closes on Saturday afternoon but the staff let us in and we had a quick wander through...  more »
  • More proud British history.... Great free exhibition that's gives you an interesting insight into the history of Mauritians and the other poor 'slaves' who could be imprisoned if they didn't work unde...  more »