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Mauritius (pronounced mrs French Lle Maurice IPA Mauritian Creole Maurice), officially the Republic of Mauritius, French Rpublique de Maurice, is an island nation off the coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean, about 900 kilometres (560 mi) east of Madagascar. In addition to the island of Mauritius, the Republic includes the islands of St. Brandon, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands. Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands, with the French island of R�union 200 km (125 mi) to the southwest and the island of Rodrigues 570 km (350 mi) to the northeast.The island of Mauritius is renowned for having been the only known home of the dodo. First sighted by Europeans around 1600 on Mauritius, the dodo was extinct less than eighty years later.[1]


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