Mauritius is the largest island in a group that makes up the country of the same name. It is an expanse of black volcanic rock lying in the Indian Ocean. All kinds of animals have lived on the rocky island over the years, but many have become extinct, including a large bird called the dodo. Animal extinction has been caused by centuries of settlement, plantation, and hunting.
The country has always depended on sugar, molasses (syrup squeezed from sugarcane), and rum production for its wealth. When world sugar prices plummeted in the 1980’s the Mauritians began to develop new industries,...More