IIAS Newsletter 45 Autumn 2007

Still standing: the maintenance of a white elite in Mauritius

Tijo Salverda

In the centre of Port Louis, the capital of the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius, stands a statue of Adrien d’Epinay, the renowned forefather of the island’s white minority known as Franco-Mauritians. For many Mauritians d’Epinay represents the resistance of the colonial elite white plantation owners to the abolition of slavery, and many islanders call for the statue’s removal as often as they criticise the privileged position of d’Epinay’s descendants. Nevertheless, both the statue and the white elite are still standing.

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