The Kiss of Death vs. the Chains of Slavery – Le Morne Brabant

by Candice Land
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Le Morne Brabant is an iconic site in Mauritius. But the history of the mountain goes far deeper than the beauty. Mauritius is known and loved as an island paradise. It is a popular destination for honeymoons and exploring the beaches and reefs.

What many people don’t know is that the iconic Le Morne Brabant, found on the southwestern tip of the island, has a story drenched with history.

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Ollie recently returned from a week working remotely in Mauritius. Side note: This is something that we both hope to do a lot more of in the future. So stay tuned!

With a deep desire for knowledge and a constant craving to improve his awareness, Ollie took off to find out more about the legend that surrounds Le Morne Brabant.

The legend of Le Morne Brabant

In addition to the beauty of the pristine water, surfing heaven and sunny skies, Mauritius was a part of a complicated, and widespread slave trade.

When slavery was abolished on the island in 1835, a police expedition was dispatched to let the runaway slaves and maroons know of their freedom. The legend goes that the arrival of the police was misinterpreted by the slaves. The slaves thought that the police were coming to recapture them. As a result, they chose to leap to their death from the rocks.

The slaves chose the kiss of death rather than to return to the chains of slavery.

Today, the site is a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The symbolic value of the mountain and surrounding forest can be tangibly felt upon visiting. There is a slave route monument at the bottom of the mountain that serves as a thought-provoking and moving the memorial. In this way, the impact that slavery had on the island will not be forgotten.

While the story of Le Morne Brabant is unsettling, it is one that highlights the incredible knowledge to be learned by traveling.

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