Aapravasi Ghat, Port Louis

Aapravasi Ghat, Port Louis (must see)

Aapravasi Ghat is a historic site that played a pivotal role in the immigration of indentured laborers from India to various British colonies between 1849 and 1923. The site is also known as the Immigration Depot or Coolie Ghat.

During this period, over half a million Indian indentured laborers passed through the Immigration Depot in Mauritius, where they were processed and transported to work on plantations across the British Empire. The scale of this migration had a significant impact on the societies and cultures of many former British colonies, including Mauritius, where people of Indian ancestry now make up a substantial proportion of the population.

The Immigration Depot consisted of a complex of buildings that served as a transit point for indentured laborers. However, due to unchecked infrastructural development in the mid-20th century, only partial remains of three stone buildings from the entire complex have survived to date. These buildings are now protected as a national monument under the Mauritian national heritage legislation.

The Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund manages the site, and conservation efforts are underway to restore the fragile buildings to their 1860s state. In recognition of its historical significance, UNESCO declared the Immigration Depot a World Heritage Site in 2006.
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Aapravasi Ghat on Map

Sight Name: Aapravasi Ghat
Sight Location: Port Louis, Mauritius (See walking tours in Port Louis)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Port Louis Introduction Walking Tour

Port Louis Introduction Walking Tour

Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, is a major commercial port and the island's main city with a wealth of colonial past carefully preserved and reflected in the local architecture, rendering Port Louis a colorful blend of the French, Indian and African influences. To explore the city's main attractions, follow this orientation walk.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles