The well-preserved port of SOUILLAC was founded by Vicomte François de Souillac, who, as governor of the island from 1779 to 1787, encouraged the development of the south. It was he who organized the boats known as “côtiers” which transported sugar cane to Port Louis; the old stone warehouse lies just out of town and now houses Le Batelage restaurant. This fishing town’s only claim to fame today is as the largest settlement in the south coast, and the base for visiting a couple of spectacular natural attractions and a museum dedicated to Mauritian poet, Robert Edward Hart.

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