Mauritius: in what has become a "nest of pirates"? In anticipation of the Dodo ...

"Model of Paradise" - Mark Twain called the Mauritius, who had been there at the end of the XIX century. But at this point pretty much just an interesting and quite paradoxical.
On the official, state (English) says less than 1% of the population. Residents of the island, which argued for the possession of the major European sea powers, most of them are now the Indians and Creoles (French-African and Malagasy origin).