Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MAURITIUS ~ Le Morne Cultural Landscape - UNESCO ~

...A great African island view situated in the Indian Ocean with its most striking feature... the majestic monolithic mountain... it is known for its importance as a former shelter of runaway slaves and a symbol of resistance to slavery... and also an excellent wind- and kite-surfing destination... Thanks a lot Roshan!! ヽ(ヅ)ノ

The Le Morne peninsula at the extreme southwestern point of Mauritius is dominated by the enormous, steep-sided basalt mountain of Le Morne Brabant, whose flat summit plateau rises some 556 metres above sea level.

Le Morne cultural landscape found in the southwest of Mauritius is a beautiful and historically rich mountain commonly referred to as “the wild South“. This hammerhead shark mountain formed refuge for slaves who escape from their masters in the 18th and 19th centuries. The escaped slaves formed small settlements in the caves and on the summit of Le Morne. The place is full of nice viewpoints over the west coast of the island and over the of the island. The oral traditions associated with the maroons, have made Le Morne a symbol of the slaves’ fight for freedom, their suffering and their sacrifice, all of which have relevance to the countries from which the slaves came from- the African mainland, Madagascar, India, and South-east Asia.

Le Morne has been inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO on July 10, 2008 and is considered as Mauritius’ Cultural Landscape.


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