Cap Malheureux

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Cap Malheureux
Notre Dame Auxiliatrice at Cap Malheureux
Notre Dame Auxiliatrice at Cap Malheureux
Cap Malheureux is located in Mauritius
Cap Malheureux
Cap Malheureux
Coordinates: 19°59′10″S 57°36′43″E / 19.98611°S 57.61194°E / -19.98611; 57.61194Coordinates: 19°59′10″S 57°36′43″E / 19.98611°S 57.61194°E / -19.98611; 57.61194
Country Mauritius Mauritius
Districts Rivière du Rempart District
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 5,070
 • Density 509.5/km2 (1,320/sq mi)
Time zone MUT (UTC+4)
Area code(s) 230
ISO 3166 code MU

Cap Malheureux is a village in Mauritius located in Rivière du Rempart District. The village is administered by the Cap Malheureux Village Council under the aegis of the Rivière du Rempart District Council.[2] According to the census made by Statistics Mauritius in 2011, the population was at 5,070.[1]

The name "Cap Malheureux" comes from French meaning "Cape of Bad Luck". It was given by the French who occupied the island then, from 1710 to 1810. The island was often the bone of contention of many great explorers of the time, namely the British. In 1810, the British decided to attack the French to try and take possession of the island. Contrary to French expectations, they did not attack from the island's harbour in Mahebourg but took the French by surprise by deciding to attack from the North of the island, where the French were weakest in position. As a result, the French were defeated and the name "Cap Malheureux" was named after their defeat by the English who invaded and took over the island from that place.

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  1. ^ a b "Table G1 - Resident population by geographical location, whereabouts on census night and sex" (PDF). Statistics Mauritius. 2011: 3 and 4. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Ministry of Local Government and Outer Islands. "Local Government Act 2011" (PDF). Government of Mauritius. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 

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