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Spice Trade

All great civilizations around the world are believed to have developed trade and economy to sustain prosperity. Through history, spices represented an excellent medium of exchange and we can trace back to 2000 B.C. the first spice trade. Controlling trade routes was essential and while Vasco da Gama discovered the Indian spice route in 1498, a tiny island lost in the middle of the Indian Ocean was to emerge as a key port of trade. Its name was Mauritius.

Located in the Mascarene plateau, between La Reunion and Rodrigues, Mauritius developed its economy during its French era. Pierre Poivre was the first citizen to introduce spice culture in Mauritius (pepper, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg) and Governor Mahé de Labourdonnais established Mauritius as a key port on the trade route between Asia and Europe. After the abolition of slavery during the English era, Mauritius saw the arrival of indentured laborers. Coming from India, these migrants brought with them a taste of Asia (saffron, star anise, turmeric and chili).

Nowadays Mayil is perpetuating a traditional and genuine expertise and we are proposing high standard products for the only pleasure of the Mauritian people.


Onboard to Mauritius!

While God was pondering on the creation of the world, he decided to create a peaceful, heaven island and decide to call it Mauritius. Blue lagoon, green landscape, warm and welcoming citizens, this blessed country flourished through time and is today admired for its achievements.

Mauritius was first noted to be discovered by Arabs in 975 then the Portuguese came around 1507. The Dutch set base here and named the Island Mauritius, in honor of the Prince Maurice da Nassau. After having exhausted all resources, the Dutch left the Island and sailed to the Cap. French took sovereignty of L’Ile-de-France in 1710 and started developing the agriculture and trade of the island.

French settlers brought in eastern African slaves to work in fields but in 1810, the British Navy took over Mauritius and ended slavery in 1833. British people needed field workers and brought in Mauritius the indentured labourers from the Indian colonies. Independence was acquired in 1968 and Mauritius Island became a Republic in 1992.

Bathing in the tropical water of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius rose from a volcanic plateau named Mascarene. The capital of Mauritius is Port-Louis. Mauritius, with its 1,2 million inhabitants, is well known for its white sandy beaches and is a highly touristic country, attracting more than 1 million in 2015, mainly from Europe, our main market, but also from Asia. The island boasts several breathtaking sites such as the sleeping volcano Trou-aux-Cerfs and the Seven coloured earth at Chamarel. The central market of Port Louis, or the nightlife of Grand-Bay are amongst other activities that are highly recommended.

Simply delicious, simply Mauritius!