World and International Exhibition Montreal 1967 - Expo67

Man and his Universe

April 28, 1967 - October 29, 1967


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Mauritius

Mauritius at the Exhibition Montreal 1967

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Architect(s) : Boullé, Lagesse, Schaub & Partners

The Mauritius pavilion is tent-like and covered in fibreglass.

At the entrance, there is a cartographic model of the island, mounted on a circular base 12 feet in diameter and a kaleidoscopic assemblage of photographs and illustrations.

Mauritius is a unique anthropological segment in the world, given the Dutch, French and English occupations as well as the African, European, Indian and Chinese contributions, which have blended over the centuries into an exceptional symbiosis of habits and traditions.

The visitor can see the numerous achievements of the citizens of Mauritius, which justify the sentence of the Mauritian novelist, Marcelle Lagesse, engraved on the pavilion's portal: "Look what we have done in two and a half centuries, from a land without men, lost in the Indian sea. The courage and tenacity of the discoverers of the land have woven its history, the patience of its sons has fixed its destiny.

The exhibition focuses on the country's development in the field of culture, art and tourism, as well as on the sugar industry, the island's main resource.

Among the main elements of the exhibition, a wood sculpture eloquently alludes to the theme of Man and His World. It depicts man struggling with an uncultivated land that is only gradually subdued and only matures through hard work and skill.

In the nature section, the visitor can admire a 1,100 pound blue swordfish (world record) caught in 1966 off the coast of Mauritius, a wonderful collection of shells as well as skeletons and reconstructions of fantastic birds (such as the dodo) that once lived in this country that was once called Isle de France. He also admires the numerous samples of handicrafts: jewellery, cabinet making, objects made from horn and tortoise shell.

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