The Mauritius culture saw little change with the English takeover.
The Cape of Good Hope was a more prized British possession, and subsequently little capital and effort was put into the Mauritian economy. The majority of the total population were plantation slaves.
In 1962 the census combined the whites and coloreds to become the "general population" and separated the Indians into Hindus and Muslims.
For this reason Mauritius is often considered a global example of successful cultural integration. A total of 790 square miles (2,046 square kilometers) of land cover Mauritius.The majority of people understand a Creole language.There is no agreed-upon written form of this language, however, so it appears unlikely that this would be adapted as a national language despite its widespread use.Arab and Swahili sailors knew of Mauritius before the 1500s.Portuguese explorers visited in the early sixteenth century.