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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Aapravasi Ghat, Mauritius

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Aapravasi Ghat, which translates as Immigration Depot, is a building complex in Port Louis, Mauritius, that is today protected as a World Heritage Site. The outstanding universal value of Aapravasi Ghat lies in its position in the history of Mauritius. It was through this depot that most of the over half a million Indian indentured labourers passed through, on their way to the British-owned plantations on the island, between 1849 and 1923.


The latrines at Aapravasi Ghat in Port Louis, Mauritius
The latrines at Aapravasi Ghat in Port Louis, Mauritius
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The influx of Indian labourers to Mauritius (and for that matter, to other British colonies including Fiji and Malaya) radically changed the character to the society. In Mauritius today, 68% of its population has Indian forefathers.

Today only three stone buildings of the Aapravasi Ghat survived. Many of the buildings were pulled down in the mid 20th century, before there was local sensitivity over heritage protection. Today efforts are underway to conserve and protect the remaining structures of Aapravasi Ghat.

Aapravasi Ghat was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 30th session of the World Heritage Committee in Vilnius, Lithuania, 9 - 16 July, 2006.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: S20 9 31.1 E57 30 11.4 in Port Louis District, Mauritius
Inscription Year: 2006
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: VI
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