Tuesday, 18 April 2017

RODRIGUES ISLAND - MAURITIUS Autonomous outer island

Rodrigues (French: Île Rodrigues) is a 108-square-kilometre (42 sq mi) autonomous outer island of the Republic of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, about 560 kilometres (350 mi) east of Mauritius. It is part of the Mascarene Islands which include Mauritius and Réunion. It is of volcanic origin and is surrounded by coral reef, and just off its coast lie some tiny uninhabited islands. The island used to be the tenth District of Mauritius; it gained autonomous status on 12 October 2002, and it is governed by the Rodrigues Regional Assembly. The capital of the island is Port Mathurin.
Its inhabitants are Mauritian citizens. As of 2014, the island's population was about 41,669, according to Statistics Mauritius. Most of the inhabitants are of mixed African and French descent. Its economy is based mainly on fishing, farming, handicraft and a developing tourism sector.
The island (together with Agaléga and Saint Brandon) forms part of the larger territory of the Republic of Mauritius with the President as head of state and the Chief Commissioner as head of government.

These two beautiful registered airmail covers came from Port Mathurin post office, the capital city of Rodriguez Island. The covers are posted on April 10, 2017 from  Port Mathurin post office and received in my hands on April 17, 2017. The Post office staff clearly postmarked and affixed barcode label perfectly. The cross marks over the envelopes are annoying, but I think that is the costom they do while sorting registered mails. Thank You very much the Mauritius Post for the perfect service.

1 comment:

  1. I think you are wrong concerning the date Rodrigues became autonomous... It was on 12 October 2002


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