Governor of Isle de France (Mauritius)

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Governor of Isle de France
Armoiries de la Compagnie des Indes Orientales.jpg
Coat of arms of the French East India Company
ResidenceChâteau de Réduit
PrecursorGovernor of Dutch Mauritius
Formation24 December 1721; 297 years ago (1721-12-24)
First holderJulien Duronguët le Toullec
Final holderLouis Léger
Abolished3 December 1810; 208 years ago (1810-12-03)
SuccessionGovernor of British Mauritius

The Governor of Isle de France was an official who ruled Isle de France (now Republic of Mauritius) during the French colonial period between 1721 and 1810. After the Dutch abandoned Mauritius, the island became a French colony in September 1715 when Guillaume Dufresne d'Arsel landed and took possession of it, naming the island Isle de France. The French government turned over the administration of Mauritius to the French East India Company, but the island remained bereft of Europeans until 1721. Furthermore, until 1735, Isle de France was administered from Île Bourbon, now known as Réunion.[1]

List of Governors (1721-1810)[edit]

A list of French Governors and Governor-General of the country from 1721 to 1810.[2][3]

# Incumbent Portrait Tenure
Took office Left office
Governors of the Compagnie des Indes
Julien Duronguët le Toullec
Acting
24 December 1721 7 April 1722
1. Denis, chevalier de Nyon 7 April 1722 16 December 1725
Duval de Hauville
Acting for Nyon
7 April 1722 16 December 1725
Jacques Gast d'Hauterive
Acting for Nyon
13 July 1722 3 December 1722
Denis de Brousse
Acting
16 December 1725 13 March 1729
2. Pierre Benoît Dumas 13 March 1729 20 August 1729
3. Nicolas de Maupin 20 August 1729 4 June 1735
Governor-general of the Compagnie des Indes
4. Mahé de La Bourdonnais Bertrand François Mahé de La Bourdonnais.jpg 4 June 1735 23 March 1746
Didier de Saint-Martin
Acting for La Bourdonnais
20 March 1740 14 August 1741
Didier de Saint-Martin
Acting for La Bourdonnais
14 August 1741 18 December 1742
Didier de Saint-Martin
Acting
23 March 1746 6 October 1746
5. Pierre Félix Barthélemy David 6 October 1746 10 February 1753
6. Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier Jean-Baptiste Charles Bouvet de Lozier-Hubert mg 8473.jpg 10 February 1753 3 December 1755
7. René Magon de la Villebague 3 December 1755 4 November 1759
8. Antoine Marie Desforges-Boucher 4 November 1759 14 July 1767
Governor-general of the Mascarene Islands
9. Jean Daniel Dumas 14 July 1767 27 November 1768
Jean Guillaume Steinauer
Acting
27 November 1768 6 June 1769
10. François Julien du Dresnay, chevalier Desroches 6 June 1769 23 August 1772
11. Charles-Henri-Louis d'Arsac de Ternay 23 August 1772 2 December 1776
12. Antoine de Guiran, chevalier de La Brillanne 2 December 1776 28 April 1779
Joseph Murinais, comte de Saint-Maurice
Acting
28 April 1779 30 April 1779
François, vicomte de Souillac
Acting
1 May 1779 30 January 1780
13. François, vicomte de Souillac 30 January 1780 3 November 1787
Camille Charles Leclerc, chevalier de Fresne
Acting for Souillac
5 April 1785 28 June 1785
Chevalier de Fleury
Acting for Souillac
28 June 1785 7 November 1785
14. Joseph Antoine Raimond de Bruni, chevalier d'Entrecasteaux 5 November 1787 14 November 1789
15. Thomas, comte de Conway 14 November 1789 29 July 1790
Dominique Prosper de Chermont
Acting
29 July 1790 19 August 1790
David Charpentier de Cossigny
Acting
19 August 1790 18 June 1792
16. Anne Joseph Hippolyte de Maurès, comte de Malartic 18 June 1792 28 July 1800
17. François Louis Magallon de la Morlière 28 July 1800 3 February 1803
18. Charles Mathieu Isidore, comte Decaen 26 September 1803 3 December 1810
Prefect
19. Louis Léger 26 September 1803 3 December 1810

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ REPORT OF THE TRUTH AND JUSTICE COMMISSION - French Colonial Period (1715–1810). "The French period (1715-1810)" (PDF). Government of Mauritius: 60. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2013. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Mauritius". Worldsstatesmen.org. Archived from the original on 9 June 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Governors". Rulers.org. Retrieved 31 January 2013.