The island of Mauritius was first discovered by Arab sailors, at some time in the 9th century, the exact date is unknown.
At that time the island was uninhabited and covered in a dense forest.
They settled on the north-western side of the island and established their main harbour there, Port Louis, the present-day capital of Mauritius.
During the French settlement there was a lot of development in the country.
The French settled on the island in 1713, also landing at the bay in the south-east.