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Mauritius enjoys a widely varied culture, due in part to its complex history. First settled by the Dutch, the island was later overtaken by the French, who brought over slaves from Africa, specifically Senegal, Guinea, Mozambique, and Madagascar. Then the British eventually took control, and brought over indentured laborers from India as well as Africa. Later Chinese settlers arrived, primarily Hakka and Cantonese.
Today, the result is a blend of diverse cultures, religions, and languages. The population includes Hindus, Creole, Chinese, Muslims and Europeans. Most are bilingual and easily switch between English and French. Creole is the main language, and there are also Asian languages such as the Chinese dialects and Indian languages such as Hindi, Bhojpuri, Gujarati. The diversity is also evident in the cuisine, which is a blend of Indian, Creole, Chinese, and European. In fact, a combination is often offered within the same meal.
A somewhat conservative location, it is wise to refrain from nude and topless sunbathing on public beaches. Dress appropriately if you decide to visit any religious places.