Mauritius had an abundance of clean water, fruit, fish and fowl. It was therefore the perfect station for VOC ships on their voyage to Asia. Admiral Wybrand van Warwijck named the island after Stadtholder Prince Maurits. The Dutch founded a small colony here in 1638.
Chart of the Island of Mauritius
Verzameling Buitenlandse Kaarten Leupe, inv. no. 333