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Notes on the Geography of Mauritius: Mauritius 3: Tourism: Photo 47

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We're on our way north but have detoured a bit to check the Royal Botanical Garden, covering 60 acres at Pamplemousse. The tremendous gates won a prize at London's Crystal Palace in 1862, but the gardens were established much earlier, in 1729, on an estate called Mon Plaisir. La Bourdonnais bought the place in 1735, and it later became the property of Pierre Poivre, who introduced spices and ornamentals. In 1810 the government took over but neglected the place until James Duncan was appointed director in 1849. There's been no backsliding since.

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