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Mauritius was first discovered by the Arabs in 975 AD, then by the Portuguese between 1507and 1513. In 1598, the Dutch landed in a bay in the south-east. The Dutch admiral, VanWarwyck was in command of the fleet and he named the bay after himself (Warwyck haven).The bay is now known as GrandPort.  He named the island "Mauritius" after Prince Mauritius Van Nassau, the stadtholder of Holland. 

Although the Dutch called occasionally for shelter, food and fresh water, they made no attempt to develop the island. The beautiful bird,  the Dodo, which was described as a feathered tortoise was an easy target for the laziest hunter. Unfortunately, it was fat and couldn't fly.

And now the Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) was a flightless bird that lived on the islands of Mauritius. Related to pigeons and doves, it stood about a meter tall (three feet), lived on fruit and nested on the ground.

The dodo has been extinct since the mid-to-late 17th century. It is commonly used as the archetype of an extinct species because its extinction occurred during recorded human history, and was directly attributable to human activity. The phrase "as dead as a dodo" means undoubtedly and unquestionably dead.

 


Horoscope, take your stars with you, the great mathematicus Asagenus can predict your day-to-day horoscope. These predictions are based on the theory of "linyor". Hope you enjoy this free daily horoscope with a mauritian touch. Try It