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How Mauritius became a sugarcane economy

Updated : August 22, 2018 07:47 AM IST

In the beginning, sugarcane was primarily used by the Dutch settlers to make arrack from molasses, a by-product of sugar manufacturing.
The Wilhems brothers are said to have founded the first sugar factory. Things took a sweet turn with the arrival of Jean Boekelberg, a surgeon, who had studied the sugar industry in Suriname and successfully used his knowledge within this fledgling industry.
How Mauritius became a sugarcane economy
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