Updated on the 18th of April 2013
You will find the Slave Route Monument at the foot of Le Morne mountain, opposite the first public beach after the hotel Dinarobin.
It is found in a little enclosure and is comprised of a central sculpture in a big circle leading to other sculptures and engravings in rocks.
The surrounding art symbolizes the different countries from which the slaves were brought in to Mauritius or to which they were sent after transiting via our island. The existing sculptures represents Mozambique, Madagascar, India, China, Malaysia, Haïti & Réunion island. Two sculptures are yet to be added, those of France & Senegal.
The objectives of the Monument are to promote peace through cultural dialogue and as a reminder of the importance of freedom in our lives.
The Slave Route Monument was inaugurated on the 1st of February 2009 for the 174th anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery in Mauritius and is part of the slave route of the Indian Ocean.
Mauritius was an important stopover during the slave trade years and was also known as the ‘Maroon Republic’ due to the large number of slaves who escaped and used Le Morne mountain as a shelter where they formed settlements in the cliff’s caves and on its summit.
Tragic stories of how some of these maroon slaves jumped from the cliffs to a sure death when they saw officers in uniform approaching, as they thought that they were to be captured again while they were coming with the news of their freedom, are still told today. Le Morne thus symbolizes the slaves’ fight for freedom, their suffering and their sacrifices.
This is a quick visit that will not take you more than ten or fifteen minutes, but if you’re on your to Le Morne beaches, you can stop by this reminder that freedom in our lives is so very important.
Address: Le Morne
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Sunday: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm