The Dutch begin to settle on the island, and they name it after Prince Maurice of Nassau.
After several attempts to colonize the island, the Dutch give up and abandon the colony.
France claims the island and renames it Ile de France. The colony becomes prosperous under the French East India Company.
Mauritius is captured by the British, and their possession of the island is confirmed four years later in the Treaty of Paris.
Slavery is abolished throughout the British colonies, including Mauritius. Hundreds of thousands of indentured servants are brought on the island from India.
The Indian Rupee becomes the official currency.
Mauritius is granted independence.
The first Export Processing Zone is created in Mauritius, creating a large textile sector in the economy.
A stock exchange is opened in Port Louis.
After approval from the Legislative Assembly, the island begins a transition to become a republic within the Commonwealth.
Mauritius and France settle their dispute over the island of Tromelin, agreeing to jointly manage the island.