Grand Port District

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Grand Port District
Map of Mauritius island with Grand Port District highlighted
Map of Mauritius island with Grand Port District highlighted
Country Mauritius Mauritius
Government[1]
 • Type District Council
 • Chairman Mr. Ruggoo Yashveer
 • Vice Chairman Mr. Seegobin Megduth
Area
 • Total 260.3 km2 (100.5 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Total 116,211
 • Rank 5th in Mauritius
 • Density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone MUT (UTC+4)
ISO 3166 code MU-GP (Grand Port)

Grand Port is a district of Mauritius, situated in the east of the island. The name means large port in French. The district has an area of 260.3 km2 and the population estimate was at 116,211 as of 31 December 2012.[2]

History[edit]

Grand Port is named after the village of 'Old Grand Port' which saw the first Dutch landing and the first port of the island. It is centered on the town of Mahébourg on the coast, inside the Grand Port Bay. Built by the Dutch and later taken over by the French, the town is a reminder of the colonial past of the island.

In 1810, a French squadron of frigates achieved an ultimately futile naval victory over a comparable British squadron at the Battle of Grand Port, near the Île de la Passe.

Places of interest[edit]

The district's most well known and popular beaches is Blue Bay, one of the finest bathing spots on the island surrounded by a semicircle of filao trees. Situated on the southeast coast, not far from Mahébourg, Blue Bay offers a fine stretch of white sandy beach, and a deep, clear, light-blue bathing pool. There is also scope for yachting and windsurfing. Many structures in the district reflect the colonial past of the district.

Just north of Mahebourg, Vallée de Ferney contains indigenous forests and a range of endangered plants and animals. Off the coast, Ile aux Aigrettes is a small island where the original ecosystems of Mauritius have been to some degree rehabilitated.

Places[edit]

The Grand Port District include different regions; however, some regions are further divided into different suburbs.[2][3] Midlands and Seizième Mille village council areas are geographically in Plaines Wilhems district and have thus not been included in the places found in Grend Port. However, the residents do vote in local elections for the Grand Port District council. Note that the statistics do not take into account that Camp Carol was created out of Trois Boutiques and that Trois Boutiques was renamed Trois Boutiques (Union Vale) in 2011 following the new Local Government Act.[4]

Places by population[edit]

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Coordinates: 20°25′S 57°38′E / 20.417°S 57.633°E / -20.417; 57.633