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COOL!TUDE – Cultural Identity

COOLITUDE – Transversal Identity according to Raphael Confiant   Raphael Confiant, the celebrated author and ‘militant créole’ from Martinique discusses coolitude in an article published in French recently. Below is an edited résumé in English of his musings on the subject: Confiant writes, there are two ways of conceptualizing cultural identity: one is the conservative, purist way, of not wanting to mix one...

Nou Capav!

‘Nou Capav!’ The December 2014 election in Mauritius generated a great deal of enthusiasm and excitement. So many Mauritians made an investment, be it financial, emotional, or physical – displaying their political affiliation in clothes, in songs and slogans. Elections can be life-changing events for citizens, however, many people in Mauritius who dream of a better tomorrow, feel that we do not have much of a choice...

Exhibition: Fire-Fighters, 1893…

The Blue Penny Museum at Caudan, Port Louis, will soon be hosting an exhibition on the history of fire-fighters, and the fire brigade, on the island of Mauritius. This remarkable institution, which has been of great service to the islanders and country dates from the very end of the 19th century, to a time when a great fire, in 1893, ravaged parts of the city of Port Louis. Through locally crafted tools to the latest...

World War 1 centenary tribute to the Anderson and ...

  World War 1 centenary tribute to the Anderson and Blackburn family ancestry of Mauritius World War 1, known as the Great War, officially commenced on 28 July 1914 and lasted four years until 11 November 1918. The United Kingdom entered the Great War on 4 August 1914, which in turn implicated all British Allied Nations, of which Mauritius was one of the Indian Ocean islands to show allegiance. According to Daniel Elie...

Extraordinary Lives – Slave Voices

    This collection of stories shows the extraordinary lives of some people who venture to better their life condition in a political climate/context that was to some degree unfavourable to them. This book, the first one in a series, shows us that there are positive aspects from the past that we can be proud of – that we can even learn from. These individuals, although disadvantaged at the very start of their...

Last Voyage of Le Coureur

Last Voyage of Le Coureur The Wreck of a Slave Ship off the Mauritius Coast View of the wreck site March 1821. Night had just fallen and there was a full moon. A small lugger was waiting offshore to deliver a cargo of slaves to French colonists residing on the British colony of Mauritius. Unfortunately, the seas were rough, a cyclone having passed through the region only days earlier. Dorval, commanding the small vessel, was...