Port Mathurin, Rodrigues, Mauritius

Transport | Economy | Culture | Music and folklore | Cuisine | Sport | Museum

🇲🇺 The village of Port Mathurin serves as the capital of the island of Rodrigues, a dependency of Mauritius. It lies on the north coast of the Indian Ocean island and functions as the administrative, judicial and economic centre of Rodrigues. As the name suggests, it also operates the main harbour of the island.

Sights include its market, while the town also has the island's only bus station and a viewpoint on Mount Fanal, south of the town. There is a Roman Catholic church, an Anglican church, and a small mosque. Other landmarks of Port Mathurin include Marie, Queen of Rodrigues, a statue of the Virgin Mary located in Pointe Canon. The two ships of the Mauritius Cargo Handling Corporation, namely MV Mauritius Pride and Mauritius Trochetia, anchor at Port Mathurin five times every month.

On 1 May 1691, François Leguat and the first French landed on Rodrigues at the site of the future village, which was founded by French colonists in 1735. The place takes its name from that of an early French settler, either Mathurin Bréhinier or Mathurin Morlaix.

In 1901 Port Mathurin became home to offices for the Britain-Australia undersea cable.

There are 22 localities within the zone of Port Mathurin, which is one of 14 statistical subdivisions of Rodrigues: 1 Baie Lascars (North); 2 Camp du Roi; 3 Castor; 4 Caverne Provert; 5 Citronelle; 6 Crève Coeur; 7 Désiré; 8 English Bay; 9 Fond La Digue; 10 Jentac; 11 Mont Piton; 12 Mont Vénus; 13 Montagne Charlot; 14 Montagne Fanal; 15 Pointe Canon; 16 Pointe Monnier; 17 Port Mathurin; 18 Roseaux; 19 Solitude; 20 Soupir; 21 Terre Rouge; 22 Vangar.

The village (locality) has a single secondary school: Rodrigues College. Other colleges operate in other villages around the island, namely Le Chou, Marechal, Grand Montagne, Mont Lubin and Citron Donis.

The locality of Port Mathurin proper occupies a very small area, and neighbouring settlements (localities) include Fond La Digue, Montagne Fanal, Pointe Monier, Camp du Roi and Baie Lascar.

In 1996, the Admiral Nevelskoi Yacht, ended his course in the lagoon next to Port Mathurin, after 2 years voyage crewless. This yacht, which was a property of the Russian government, was then given to Hon. Bernard Eric Typhis Degtyarenko in 2010, and also declared as a Maritime Museum by the Admiral Nevelskoi Maritime University. The yacht is now one of several historic links between Russia and Mauritius. It is important to emphasize that it is one of the most expensive yachts in the world in its category, including its historical importance, its value reaches more than several million dollars.


Transport Rodrigues is served by Sir Gaëtan Duval Airport in Plane Corail, with regular flights to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Plaisance.


Economy The economy of Rodrigues is mostly dependent on Mauritius. The main sources of income and economic activity are tourism, fishing, agriculture (especially of onions, garlic and chilli), and animal rearing. The handicraft industry has proven to be beneficial to the economy of the island. However, the income derived from the export of sea products, cattle, and food crops is smaller than the costs of imported products, creating a deficit. It has a special relationship with English-speaking countries, such as England in the United Kingdom, Australia and Ireland. As of 2020, Gross National Income per capita was approximately $16,400.


Culture Cultural awakening which occurred at the end of the 1970s allowed the construction and consolidation of the cultural identity of Rodrigues through the development of these various elements, which form the base of the culture of every nation: food, music, and crafts


Music and folklore The traditional music of the island is known as Sega Tambour. The music has an accentuated beat, usually accompanied by an accordion, clapping and the use of improvised percussion instruments like bamboo. The folk dance music is similar to polkas, quadrilles, waltzes and Scottish reels.


Cuisine Rodrigues cuisine consists of dishes from local products: fruit, vegetables, seafood (fish, octopus, crab, shrimp, lobster) and meat. National dishes include sausages with kreolinės, rougaille sauce, octopus with curry, kono-kono (a shellfish) salad and Rodrigues cake.


Sport The most common sport in Rodrigues is association football. There are local competitions almost throughout the year and in specific competitions, the winning team travels to Mauritius for sport exchange. Volleyball is also popular. There is also a public swimming pool at Marechal, a village located in the centre of the island, and a stadium at Camp Du Rois in the region of Port Mathurin.


Museum In 2010 plans were developed by Bernard Eric Typhis Degtyarenko for a private museum on the island, centred on the restoration of the yacht Admiral Nevelskoi. The hull of the yacht, belonging to the Maritime State University in Vladivostok, Russia, had been found drifting off Rodrigues in 1997 and brought ashore.

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Port Mathurin has a population of over 6,000 people. Port Mathurin also forms the centre of the wider Rodrigues Island which has a population of over 41,669 people.

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Twin Towns - Sister Cities Port Mathurin has links with:

🇲🇺 Port Louis, Mauritius
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Antipodal to Port Mathurin is: -116.583,19.683

Locations Near: Port Mathurin 63.4167,-19.6833

🇲🇺 Centre de Flacq 57.718,-20.2 d: 598.4  

🇲🇺 Mahébourg 57.7,-20.407 d: 602.5  

🇲🇺 Goodlands 57.633,-20.033 d: 606.1  

🇲🇺 Rivière du Rempart 57.633,-20.05 d: 606.2  

🇲🇺 St Pierre 57.517,-20.217 d: 619.5  

🇲🇺 Curepipe 57.517,-20.317 d: 620.5  

🇲🇺 Port Louis 57.5,-20.15 d: 620.7  

🇲🇺 Mauritius 57.499,-20.162 d: 620.9  

🇲🇺 Port-Louis 57.496,-20.165 d: 621.2  

🇲🇺 Moka 57.496,-20.219 d: 621.7  

Antipodal to: Port Mathurin -116.583,19.683

🇲🇽 Ciudad Constitución -111.68,25.048 d: 19234.2  

🇲🇽 Cabo San Lucas -109.926,22.894 d: 19238.6  

🇲🇽 Colonia del Sol -109.917,22.9 d: 19237.5  

🇲🇽 San José del Cabo -109.711,23.06 d: 19210.7  

🇲🇽 La Paz -110.316,24.15 d: 19200  

🇲🇽 Ahome -108.983,25.783 d: 18982.3  

🇲🇽 Los Mochis -108.989,25.793 d: 18982.1  

🇲🇽 Guaymas -110.908,27.911 d: 18933.7  

🇲🇽 Empalme -110.8,27.95 d: 18924.2  

🇲🇽 Ciudad Obregón -109.933,27.483 d: 18914.9  

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