This Act concerns land survey. It establishes the Professional Land Surveyors’ Council and regulates the profession of land surveyor as appointed by the President under this Act. The Council shall, among other things, register land surveyors and ensure that the Code of Practice is complied with by professional land surveyors. No person shall practise land surveying in Mauritius unless he or she is registered as a professional land surveyor with the Council.
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Although known to Arab and Malay sailors as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and subsequently settled by the Dutch - who named it in honor of Prince Maurits van NASSAU - in the 17th century. The French assumed control in 1715, developing the island into an important naval base overseeing Indian Ocean trade, and establishing a plantation economy of sugar cane. The British captured the island in 1810, during the Napoleonic Wars.