Mauritius Country Quiz

🇲🇺 Can you guess these facts about the island country of Mauritius?
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Last updated: August 12, 2020
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Capital of Mauritius
Port Louis
First country to establish settlements on Mauritius, in 1638
Netherlands
Flightless bird that went extinct shortly after Mauritius was settled
Dodo
The only country that was completely uninhabited more recently than Mauritius
(hint: another African island nation)
Seychelles
Body of water in which Mauritius is located
Indian Ocean
Most popular religion
Hinduism
Name of the main island of Mauritius
Mauritius
Second largest island
Rodrigues
Country from which Mauritius gained its independence in 1968
United Kingdom
Currency of Mauritius
Rupee
Most spoken language
Mauritian Creole
Language upon which the above is based
French
Nearby archipelago, whose main island is Diego Garcia, that
Mauritius seeks to gain control of
Chagos Archipelago
Main export crop of the 19th century
Sugar
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Level 53
Feb 15, 2020
Isn’t Rodrigues French?
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Level 67
Feb 16, 2020
No.
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Level 78
Jun 16, 2020
You might be thinking of Réunion.
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Level 45
Jun 16, 2020
Rodrigues is actually a spanish last name
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Level 72
Jun 17, 2020
Well, I'm not sure it can be called "nearby" when it's 1680 km away. Moreover, the UN recognises it as a part of Mauritius, so technically the one who seeks to "gain control" is Maldives
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Level 74
Dec 3, 2020
The dispute is between Mauritius and the United Kingdom
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Level 58
Aug 3, 2020
When the Dutch held Mauritius, their country was mostly known in English as the Dutch republic or the United provinces.It only became the Netherlands as of 1815.

The country (and island) is named after the then ruler (Stadhouder), Maurits (Maurice). (and the French named Port Louis after louis XV).

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Level 62
Aug 10, 2020
For some historical perspective, the start of the Wiki article on Stadtholders (literal translated, the Dutch word stadhouder(s) means city holder(s).

In the Low Countries, stadtholder was an office of steward, designated a medieval official and then a national leader. The stadtholder was the replacement of the duke or earl of a province during the Burgundian and Habsburg period (1384 – 1581/1795).

The title was used for the official tasked with maintaining peace and provincial order in the early Dutch Republic and, at times, became de facto head of state of the Dutch Republic during the 16th to 18th centuries, which was an effectively hereditary role.

For the last half century of its existence, it became an officially hereditary role under Prince William IV of Orange. His son, Prince William V of Orange, was the last stadtholder of the republic, whose own son, King William I of the Netherlands, became the first king of the Netherlands.

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Level 84
Dec 3, 2020
Only missed the two least-guessed.
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Level 65
Dec 3, 2020
Hinduism and rupee? How does India figure into this? You don't really hear of them as seafaring colonizers.
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Level 54
Dec 3, 2020
The britishers brought bonded slaves from India to Mauritius. Sigh.
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Level 65
Dec 3, 2020
Yeah, the Indian influence makes sense to me given that they were colonized by the British. What perplexes me more is that they speak a French Creole language. If they were originally colonized by the Dutch then taken by the British, why do they speak French instead of English or Dutch?
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Level 84
Dec 3, 2020
After slavery was abolished in the empire, they got the next best thing cheap Indian labor. Indians were sent all over the empire. There are lots of large Indian settlements in lots of unexpected places like Trinidad, Cape Town, Fiji etc. Probably the best known athlete of Indian heritage in non cricketing countries is Fijian golfer Vijay Singh.
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Level 53
Dec 6, 2020
Interestingly (though not relevant to Mauritius) India did spread its cultural influence (including Hinduism, Sanskrit as a prestige language and an Indian ruling class) throughout South-East Asia and across Indonesia. This was later displaced or overlaid by Islamic and European cultural influence, but you will still find royalty with Sanskrit names, counting numbers that are recognisably Indo-European, and of course Bali as a remaining outpost of Hinduism.
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Level 65
Dec 3, 2020
Well, today I learned that I can make my way to the country badge by actually knowing things about countries OR I could know absolutely nothing about a country and just magically get enough answers correct by randomly guessing.