vrijdag 18 januari 2013

Le Morne, Mauritius

I received this card out of the blue as a thank you for my card and stamps I included in an envelope. Such a kind gesture and even if it is a thank you card, I will doubtlessly send a card back because of the appreciation for being so kind to send me a thank you card. I guess it leads to thank you card-ception!

Visible from much of southern Mauritius, Le Morne Brabant (556m) is the stunning, vast rock from which this beautiful peninsula takes its name. The peninsula itself has some of the country’s best beaches along its 4km shores and is home to a number of upmarket hotels. Almost totally uninhabited by locals, the peninsula nevertheless has a particular resonance in Mauritian culture – it was apparently to here that a group of escaped slaves fled in the early 19th century, hiding out on top of the mountain to remain free. The story has it that the slaves, ignorant of the fact that slavery had been abolished subsequent to their escape, panicked when they saw a troop of soldiers making their way up the cliffs one day. Believing they were to be recaptured, the slaves flung themselves from the cliff tops to their deaths in huge numbers, which explains the origin of the name Le Morne (Mournful One). Although there are no historical records to substantiate the story, it’s an important one for Mauritians as a reminder of the island’s brutal history. [source: lonelyplanet]

Thank you very much Samuel!

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