With the abolition of slavery in 1834, the British Government needed a new workforce. Mauritius was the first site chosen for “the great experiment”: the use of “free” labour to replace slaves. Between 1834 and 1920, almost half a million indentured labourers from India and other countries arrived at Aapravasi Ghat to work in the island’s sugar plantations, or to be transferred elsewhere. The “great experiment” ended with World War I, in 1918, but not before it had changed the shape of the country. Indians comprised less than four percent of Mauritius’s population in 1835, but as two-thirds of those who arrived settled, today 68 percent of Mauritians have Indian ancestry.

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