Le Morne was proclaimed a National Heritage on 24th January 2006 due to its growing importance at the national level that is allied with a common sense of belonging.
The Le Morne Cultural Landscape
The Le Morne, following its inscription on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage List on 10th July 2008, is now known as the Le Morne Cultural Landscape.
The Le Morne Cultural Landscape is located on the South Western tip of the island of Mauritius and is more commonly referred to as "the wild South". For conservation purposes, the landscape possesses both a Core and a Buffer zone. The Area is a rallying point for Mauritian from all walks of life who are deeply concerned about the country's heritage in terms of its history, culture as well as the natural environment.
The Le Morne Cultural landscape represents the combined works of nature and humans. With its physical attributes of a natural fortress, the Le Morne Brabant Mountain has become a natural monument when during the 17 th and 18 th centuries; groups of slaves escaped the control of their masters to seek refuge on the mountain. The landscape is also illustrative of the days of slavery in Mauritius and the quest for freedom that was ever present since human beings were "enslaved" as from the 17th, 18th and early 19th Centuries in Colonial Mauritius.