Mahebourg was one of the first localities to be urbanised under the French colonial occupation. Not far off, Old Grand Port – an even older historical site and the first harbour on the island – was witness to one of the most memorable naval battles between the French and the British for the possession of the then Isle de France. The ruins of the old fortresses and warfare items have been carefully preserved. On Mahebourg’s waterfront, a memorial commemorates this naval battle.
The naval museum, which also features the conflict, is housed in a beautiful 18th century Creole mansion; various exhibits here guide you through the different phases of Mauritian history.
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