Le Morne Brabant

Le Morne Brabant Rivière Noire District MU

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Le Morne Brabant is a rich mountainous landscape whose cliffs overlook the southwestern lagoons of Mauritius and is said to directly face the African continent. It remains one of the most historically significant locations of the island for very tragic reasons. Throughout the 18th century, when Mauritius was still a strategic place for the Slavery Trade within the Indian Ocean, many runaway slaves found refuge in perilously accessible caves that were found at the top of the mountain. After slavery was officially abolished, an expedition was organized to inform the various settlements of maroons that they had been freed. However, things did not go as expected and in fear of going back to a life of torments and abuse, many decided to jump off to their death. Today, Le Morne Brabant has gained extensive recognition as a symbol of the slaves’ fight for freedom. It was registered as a World Heritage site by UNESCO a few years ago and has now become a well-preserved attraction where one can hike through majestic natural settings and walk in the steps of those who once sought freedom. A guide is highly recommended.