Notes on the Geography of Mauritius: Mauritius 1: Port Louis: Photo 6
Here's the version given by Allister Macmillan, a puff-piecer if ever there was one. "In the year 1835 an English gentleman, Mr. James Blyth, was cruising in his yacht for the benefit of his health about the Mascarenes, and called at Mauritius. To that circumstance is due the existence in the island to-day of the great business of Messrs. Blyth Brothers and Co. ... Mr. Blyth... was so impressed with the opportunities it presented for commercial enterprise that he lost no time in starting a general merchandise business...." By 1914 Blyth also represented the Union-Castle shipping line and an array of banks including Grindlay's, the Bank of Montreal, the Standard Bank of South Africa, and HSBC.
See Allister Macmillan, Mauritius Illustrated, 1914, p. 351.
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