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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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  • If apart from enjoying the lagoons and the Sun want to better understand the history of Mauritius, this museum is a must (besides it's free). Rightly, this site is registered on the list of world heritage of UNESCO. In addition, the documentary centre is very well done, worthy of the site. A big congratulations to the designers!
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  • Abolished slavery needed workers for the sugar cane plantations that mainly came from india; as Ellis Island in New York, here the workers were visited and routed to the various crops, was the front door of immigration. Not much to see, so much is left to the imagination of visitors; I think Unesco has more wanted to reward the transition from slavery to paid work at this site.
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  • While going back from citadel we had a view of this historic place, its just a place not much hyped, history takes it back to the time when Indians used to reach at this spot and after due medical che...  more »