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Remember Colonel Lloyd, the engineer and surveyor who designed Port Louis' old market, the bazaar? Energetic guy: in 1832 he became the first person to climb to the very top of this peak, which is called Pieter Both after the first governor of the Dutch East Indies. Both had the misfortune to drown in a shipwreck near Mauritius in 1615, and he's buried nearby.

It's about time we mentioned that the name Mauritius comes from the name of the chief vessel of a Dutch fleet that landed here in 1598. (The ship was named for Maurice of Nassau, ruler of the Dutch Republic for 40 years.) The Dutch had attempted to colonize the island, and they even introduced sugarcane, but after repeated efforts they abandoned the island in 1710. After the French East India Company arrived in 1715, the island was renamed Isle de France. (Who says the French are always imaginative?) The Company stayed in charge until the French government took over in 1767. The British arrived in 1810 and by the Treaty of Paris in 1814 the Isle de France once again became Mauritius.

Thank goodness that's out of the way. We're still looking for sugar.

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