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Aapravasi Ghat

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In Port Louis there is a building included in the list of UNESCO World heritage sites. This is not a great house or temple, not a Palace, a theatre or a sculptural group. Aapravasi Ghat - crossing terminal for immigrants from India arrived on the island of Mauritius to work on sugar cane plantations.

More than four thousand civilian workers was conducted through Aapravasi Ghat from 1849 to 1923, and sent to different parts of the British Empire on hard work within the program to replace slave labor free. Than one different from the other, it is hard to say, judging by the constantly recurring rebellions of the hungry and deprived of "free workers". After "quarantine" in the immigration terminal of Mauritius, men, women, and children were transported to Eastern and southern Africa, Australia, the Caribbean.

Labour migration is a healthy population of India have led to significant Diaspora of this people in former British colonies. The composition of the population of Mauritius at 68% - the descendants of the first migrants, it is evident in the architecture, local and religious traditions, national cuisine, religious cults.

The time of labor experiment was a flourishing Aapravasi Ghat, the complex was good infrastructure. When the need for a terminal anymore, it was simply abandoned. The city development does not impact positively on the monument of history. Today the entrance to the grounds is free, you can see the partially surviving gate, the courtyard in the colonial style, the building of hospitals, facilities officials.

Since 2006, the ruins of the complex received the status of a National monument, protected by UNESCO, under reconstruction.