(môrĭshˈēəs, –əs) [key
], officially Republic of Mauritius, republic (2005 est. pop. 1,231,000), 790 sq mi (2,046 sq km), in the SW Indian Ocean. It is part of the Mascarene Islands
, c.500 mi (800 km) E of Madagascar. The island of Rodriguez
and two groups of small islands, Agalega and Cargados Carajos, are dependencies of Mauritius. The capital is Port Louis
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