Mauritius: Independence-- With Relief

London's Daily Telegraph called it "Britain's unlikeliest colony." Mauritius, a speck of land in the Indian Ocean 1,400 miles off the African coast, fell to Britain 158 years ago during the Napoleonic wars. Since then, it has cost dearly: a $60-a-ton subsidy on the island's only crop (sugar), almost $8,000,000 in budget support last year alone, and the necessity of moving in troops every time the country's Hindus, Moslems, Chinese and French-speaking Creoles decide to quarrel. No wonder Britain felt relief last week when independence finally came to Mauritius; small wonder, too, that even the issue of independence managed...

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