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Britain's Colonies in the War: No. 13 - Mauritius

The War Illustrated, Volume 8, No. 188, Page 264, September 1, 1944.

Stout support from another small but strong British Empire island, Mauritius, which became a British colony in 1814, aids the United Nations towards victory. Lying in the Indian Ocean, in Port Louis it has vital links with Colombo, Durban and Madagascar. Cyclones which frequently sweep the island would destroy crops such as corn, so the cultivation of sugar cane, which usually stands up to such conditions, is the main industry, although some tea and fibre hemp are also produced. Recent Government grants voted Mauritius and Jamaica 35,000 for the development of the sugar industry and, perhaps more important, installation of food yeast factories. Food yeast, which looks like a cereal, is rich in protein and will play a big part in future world dietary. Mauritius has its own regiment fully trained for modern warfare. Salvage forms another useful contribution; while wartime restrictions of food supplies are eased by special Nutrition Demonstration Units.

Mauritians are eager to learn how to make best use of their food from the demonstration experts. Sugar cane is brought in high-wheeled carts to factories for processing. Barges unload scrap metal at a quayside. Under jungle conditions the Mauritius Regiment trains.

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