Friday, 15 October 2010

Le Morne, Mauritius

It's only mid-October and I've already had to use the little heater in my bedroom a few times this autumn. :( Cold weather in the UK is evil, different from Finland. It gets to your bones here. I've been dreaming of being somewhere warm but at the moment I can only "travel" by looking at postcards. Mauritius is one such warm place I wouldn't mind being in at the moment.

This card actually shows a Unesco site! Le Morne Cultural Landscape, a rugged mountain that juts into the Indian Ocean in the southwest of Mauritius was used as a shelter by runaway slaves, maroons, through the 18th and early years of the 19th centuries. Protected by the mountain’s isolated, wooded and almost inaccessible cliffs, the escaped slaves formed small settlements in the caves and on the summit of Le Morne. The oral traditions associated with the maroons, have made Le Morne a symbol of the slaves’ fight for freedom, their suffering, and their sacrifice, all of which have relevance to the countries from which the slaves came - the African mainland, Madagascar, India, and South-east Asia. Indeed, Mauritius, an important stopover in the eastern slave trade, also came to be known as the “Maroon republic” because of the large number of escaped slaves who lived on Le Morne Mountain.

I couldn't find any info on the stamp so all I know is what it already says on it...

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