History December 07, 2018 at 07:00 am

Fertile African lands colonisers stole from indigenous communities

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson | Staff Writer

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson December 07, 2018 at 07:00 am

December 07, 2018 at 07:00 am | History

Mauritius- Chagos Archipelago

The Chagos Archipelago of Mauritius is close to 70 per cent fertile. They were the subject of a fight between the French and British largely. Once Britain took over the lands in 1810, it established sugar plantations. Before that, the French had cultivated coconut.

When it gained ownership of the lands, Britain drove out the indigenous Chagossians a Bourbonnais Creole-speaking community and captured a few to work on their plantations. In 1965, the United Kingdom took total control over the island after making it a part of its territory. Currently, Mauritius is in dispute with the United Kingdom over their claim of the Chagos Archipelago.

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