The French settled on the island in 1713, also landing at the bay in the south-east.
They renamed the bay Port Bourbon and renamed the island Ile de France.
The Arab sailors were not interested in settling on the island which they named Dina Arobi or Dinarobin.Diogo Fernandes Pereira, a Portuguese sailor found the island in 1505 and decided to give it the name of Cerne. The Dutch settlers landed on a bay in the south-eastern part of the island which was named Warwyck Haven after the commander Van Warwyck, the bay is now known as Grand Port.However, the Portuguese did not settle permanently on the island either. Mauritius also got its name during this period; the island was named after the Prince of Holland Mauritz de Nassau.In 1710, the Dutch abandoned the island, leaving behind macaques, the java deer, sugar cane, fugitive slaves and, also, an irreversible damage to the endemic and indigenous flora and fauna of the island - the Dodo was, by then, extinct due to extensive hunting, the bird being very easy to capture, while the once abundant black ebony tree population was almost completely depleted due to over-exploitation for its timber.Mahé de Labourdonnais , whose statue can be seen across from the harbour in Port Louis, is known as the founder of the capital city and the island prospered under his governance (1735-1746).
In August 1810, the British tried to take over the island but lost after a fierce battle against the French in the famous Battle of Grand Port.
However, the British came back in December 1810 and successfully defeated the French.
Mauritius (French: L’île Maurice, Mauritian Creole: Moris) is a small, multi-cultural island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar, North East of Reunion and southeast of the Seychelles.
Mauritius also controls Rodrigues Island and the remote, sparsely populated Agalega and Cargados Garayos (Saint Brandon) islands.
The island of Mauritius was first discovered by Arab sailors, at some time in the 9th century, the exact date is unknown.
At that time the island was uninhabited and covered in a dense forest.