Le Morne Mountain

.            Le Morne, in the south-western tip of Mauritius.

A colony of runaway slaves lived on this flat top Mountain for several years. Slavery was abolished in the British Empire on 1 August 1834 and that law was made applicable to Mauritius on 1 February 1835. The officer who was sent to deliver the good news to the black community on the mountain, took along a strong military detachment. When they got to the top, the maroons- mostly Sakalava and Makhuwa- thinking that those determined soldiers had come to capture them, jumped to their death from the edge of the cliff rather than be taken back into slavery.
This natural monument of Liberty is one of the two Mauritian sites listed in the World Heritage Sites.

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