Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage is both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.
Le Morne Cultural Landscape is a rugged mountain that juts into the Indian Ocean in the southwest of Mauritius. It was used as a shelter by runaway slaves maroons, through the 18th and early years of the 19th centuries. Protected by the mountain’s isolated, wooded and almost inaccessible cliffs, the escaped slaves formed small settlements in the caves and on the summit of Le Morne. It was proclaimed a National Heritage on 24th January 2006 due to its growing importance at the national level that is allied with a common sense of belonging (UNESCO).
Below are a few reasons why it was proclaimed a National Heritage Site;
To serve as a focal point for current and future generations to celebrate resistance against oppression anywhere in the world.
To commemorate the suffering of humans through slavery and other systems of exploitation.
To be a living example of oppressed people achieving freedom, independence, dignity and respect for their values and cultures.
The oral traditions associated with the maroons, have made Le Morne a symbol of the slaves’ fight for freedom, their suffering, and their sacrifice, all of which have relevance to the countries from which the slaves came - the African mainland, Madagascar, India, and South-east Asia.
Aside from its historical significance, Le Morne Brabant Mountain and its surrounding beaches form one of the most idyllic peninsulas in the Indian Ocean. The best viewpoint is at the top, but you will need to book a hike to discover the impressive of the mountain!
Once at the peak, walkers are rewarded with some truly spectacular views along the island’s south west coast.
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