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"The first Europeans to have visited Mauritius were the Portuguese at the beginning of the sixteenth century (most probably in 1510). The Dutch who settled in the island in 1598 named it Mauritius after Prince Maurice of Nassau. Among other things, the Dutch introduced sugar cane and the Java deer before leaving in 1710. About five years later, in 1715, the French occupied the island, renaming it "Isle de France"."
"The Dodo, which is the national bird of Mauritius, is an extinct species of a flightless bird, which was a resident of this island, centuries ago. Dodos were found only on this island and nowhere else in the world."
"Education is free from the primary to the tertiary level and is mandatory until age twelve. The government considers education one of its greatest concerns and has an "education for all" policy to ensure fair education to the different socioeconomic groups. Some schools in low-rent areas have large drop out rates, which particularly affects the Creole community. The greatest amount of interethnic mingling occurs in the schools."
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Quick Facts: Entry & Exit, Safety & Security
Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, Typhoid
Visas: Not required for US citizens for a stay up to 180 days
What to Pack: "You’ll need beach clothing, but keep in mind many hotels have dress codes, so you’ll have to bring some semi-formal/formal clothing too."
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