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Matthew Flinders Monument, Mauritius Overview

The paradise island with its rich history, Mauritius, does not fail to shower you with historical places to visit and take you back in time. One such significant marvel of the island is the Matthew Flinders Monument. It stands on the shore of Baie du Cap, 500 metres towards the west.

The Matthew Flinders Monument was unveiled on 6th November 2003 at Baie du Cap by Philippe de la Hausse de la Louviere, President of the Societe de L'Histoire of Mauritius. The bronze monument displays the structure of Matthew Flinders in a simple, stonewalled room marking his detention period and is surrounded by a chest, his flute, his loved cat Trim and a compass. The design of the monument is the work of Madame Szuszanna Szemok. Air Mauritius helped the construction in transporting bronze.

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The Matthew Flinders Monument was inaugurated in the year 2003 to honour the 200th anniversary of this English cartographer and navigator’s arrival to the island. His arrival was quite a dramatic one as the poor man had no idea about the war going on between England and France and immediately imprisoned for a period of 6 years!

 

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About Mathew Flinders

The story of Matthew Flinders is indeed a remarkable one. At the age of 15, he went on sea voyage as a part of serving under the renowned Captain Bligh and surveyed different parts of Oceania. Later on in 1801, Flinders followed Captain Nicolas Baudin and traversed the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
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In fact, he was the first one to circumnavigate Australia. After being shipwrecked, he paddled for more than 700 miles to find land and save the men sailing with him. As a part of the process, he mapped treacherous coastlines and unexplored territories with high accuracy. He even encountered Aboriginal people who were unknown to the rest of the world. After meeting them, he saw new and strange creatures that were not yet discovered by science.

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