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CaptionLocation on the world map Mauritius pronounced /məˈrɪʃəs/; French: L’île Maurice pronounced: [lil mɔˈʁis] Mauritian Creole: Moris officially the Republic of Mauritius French: République de Maurice is an island nation off the coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean about 900 kilometres 560 mi east of Madagascar. In addition to the island of Mauritius the Republic includes the islands of Cargados Carajos Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands. Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands with the French island of Réunion 200 km 120 mi to the southwest and the island of Rodrigues 570 km 350 mi to the northeast. Uninhabited until the 17th century the island was ruled first by the Dutch and then the French after the Dutch had abandoned it. The British took control during the Napoleonic Wars and Mauritius became independent from the UK in 1968. Mauritius is a parliamentary republic and is member of the Southern African Development Community the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa the African Union and the Commonwealth of Nations. The main languages spoken in Mauritius are Mauritian Creole French and English. English is the only official language but the lingua franca is Creole and the newspapers and television programmes are usually in French. Ethnically the majority of the population is Indian and there are also many people of African descent on the island and there are also European and Chinese minorities. It is the only African nation where the largest religion is Hinduism although Christianity and Islam also have significant populations. The island of Mauritius is renowned for having been the only known home of the dodo. First sighted by Europeans around 1600 on Mauritius the dodo became extinct less than eighty years later. Although not in the First World Mauritius is generally regarded as a developed country similar to Turkey Serbia and Croatia.
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