Devil’s Point

A funny little stop on the Eastern Coastal Road on the way between Flacq and Maheboug, Devils Point or La Pointe au Diable is a perfect spot to stop, stretch the legs and enjoy the views over the bay of Grand Port.

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It is a reminder of the naval battles that raged between the French and the British in the early 19th century around the area. It was an artillery location with anti-ship cannons and fortifications. This was created by the French to fight off the British enemy. The cannons and fortifications can both still be seen. There used to be 27 such cannons guarding the entrance to the bays.

The point was used by the French during the Naval battle of Grand Port in August 1810. It is here the French won their only naval battle against the British in Napoleon’s time. But the British still won over Isle de France 3 months later and changed the name to Mauritius.

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The battle also appears on l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

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Source: Association France-Maurice

Famous monument in Paris, the Arc de Triomphe, was initiated by Napoleon. After the great battle of Austerlitz (dec. 1805) he promised his soldiers that there would be a place to commemorate all their great battles. And thus in 1806 he took the decision to have it built.  It wasn’t finished before 1836 though, under the King Louis Philippe.

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Source: Get Your Guide

As often in Mauritius along the way, in a little corner. You find a little shrine to Virgin Maria.

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10 thoughts on “Devil’s Point

  1. I love learning the history of places–thank you for this bit of Mauritius history here. 🙂 Also, I am feeling a little sheepish that I did not know the history and purpose of the Arc de Triomphe. I went to Paris a long time ago and thought the arc was pretty awesome, but apparently could not have cared less about its origin at the time. 😛

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    1. You are welcome! Glad you like it. I always enjoy small history snaps like that. As for the Arc de Triomphe, you are not the only one! I discovered about it today – I just knew about the unknown soldier grave and when it was built… I worked just off the Champs Elysées, and looked at it every day!! I never visited, never took a picture! So don’t feel too bad 🙂

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      1. Isn’t that funny? There are amazing things in front of us that we never truly take notice of. I want to be more observant and pay attention to the details. 👍🏻

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      2. I know me too… that’s one of the reasons for my blog actually. When i know i am going to write about it, i make an effort to research it! And learn some things along the way 🙂

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      3. I love that. It is not why I started blogging, but it has been in my head since I started–I bought a small journal to carry so I can remember the good stuff. The blog is like an accountability system. 🙂

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  2. Ahhh… Neighbor rivalry…
    We have a Malay phrase ~ Gajah berlawan dengan gajah, pelanduk mati di tengah tengah which means an elephant fight with another elephant, the deer died in the middle (when a giant fight with another giant, the innocent or civilians suffered the most).

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  3. What a great mini tour of Mauritius’ history. The serene seas and clear blue skies make it hard to believe there was one a greta battle there. Thanks for linking this up with #MondayEscapes It would be fab if you could add the badge or link back to the host. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks very much! There is much more coming 🙂 the link is already there in the footer with the other link ups. Something else I need to do? Thanks

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