Aapravasi Ghat

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Aapravasi Ghat information

Location
Port Louis , Mauritius
Address
1 Quay St
Telephone
+230 241 04 01
More information
www.aapravasighat.org
Opening hours
9am-5pm
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Aapravasi Ghat, a small complex of buildings located on the seafront, served as the island's main immigration depot for indentured labourers from India. Britain pioneered their indentured servant scheme in Mauritius and from 1849 to 1923 over half a million immigrants were processed here before being shipped to various plantations or other colonial islands. Today, almost 70% of Mauritius' citizens can trace their roots back to Aapravasi Ghat. There isn't a whole lot to see besides having a wander around and taking in the surroundings. Some of the original stone buildings remain and there are strategically placed life-sized models of the immigrants. The ghat was listed as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 2006 for its important role in the island's social history.