The Republic of Mauritius is a nation located within the Indian Ocean. The island was created roughly eight million years ago, after a series of volcanic eruptions. Along with the Rodrigues Islands, the Mauritius Republic is part of the Mascarene Islands. It is famous for having pristine white beaches and was once a major trade route for Europe. It is also one of the oldest known island locations in existence, with evidence of Mauritius existing as far back as the 1500’s.