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The City of Port-Louis: Old & New Street Names

Port-Louis has a lot of streets that were built during the French and British periods. Their names have changed over time. Find out the old and new names of some famous streets.

The City of Port-Louis: Old & New Street Names

Hundreds of streets in Port-Louis have seen transformations throughout the centuries, from the French and British to the independence era. Only a few of their names, for example, have been altered. But even the younger generation continues to refer to them by their original names. For instance, while the majority of individuals still refer to Desforges Street, the new name is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Street.

Street Names Changed From Ordinances

Following the passage of ordinance 23 by Sir F.A. Herchenroder and E. Koenig in 1903, the streets of Port-Louis were renamed from 1828 to 1903. After Mauritius gained its independence in 1968, the following table details the names of some popular streets, those that have changed and those that have remained unchanged.
Actual Name
Name As From 1903
Name Before 1903
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Street
Desforges Street
Rue de Paris
Dr Hassen Sakir Street
Pagoda Street
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Sir Abdool Razack Mohamed
Rue de Pamplemousses
Rue Kléber
Dauphine Street
Dauphine Street
Rue des Francs-Maçons
Abbé Déroulède Street
Abbé Déroulède Street
Rajah Street
Edith Cavell Street
Edith Cavell Street
Rempart Street
Lord Kitchener Street
Lord Kitchener Street
Moka Street
Sir William Newton Street
Sir William Newton Street
Church Street
Souillac Street
Souillac Street
Rue de Brabant et de Beaucaire
Saint George Street
Saint George Street
Rue de Marengo
Ternay Street
Ternay Street
Rue de la Réunion
Volcy Pougnet Street
Volcy Pougnet Street
Rue Madame
Wellington Street
Wellington Street
Champ de Lort
Old Moka Road
Old Moka Road
Chemin de la Grande Rivière
Monseigneur Leen Street
Rue Commissaire
Rue Commissaire
Seeneevassen Street
La Paix Street
Rue des Pucelles
Chaussée Street
Chaussée Street
Rue du Calvados
Intendance Street
Intendance Street
Rue de la Préfecture
Mère Barthélémy Street
Creoles Street
Rue des Créoles
Pope Hennessy Street
Government Street
Rue du Gouvernement
Remy Ollier Street
Limites Street
Rue de Limites
Sir Virgil Naz Street
Touraine Street
Rue de Touraine
Brown Sequard Street
Pump Street
Rue de la Pompe
Jemmapes Street
Jemmapes Street
Rue de la Reine
Orléans Street
Orléans Street
Rue d'Arcole
Lislet Geoffrey Street
Lislet Geoffrey Street
Hazard Street
Monseigneur Gonin Street
Monseigneur Gonin Street
Rue de Bourbon
Léoville L'Homme Street
Léoville L'Homme Street
Prince Régent Street
D'Entrecasteaux Street
D'Entrecasteaux Street
Rue de la Côte d'Or

Conclusion

This table was created using data from Google Maps, maps provided by the City Council of Port-Louis, and information from August Toussaint’s book, Port-Louis Deux Siècles D’Histoire (1735-1935).

Author & References

Ali Jareehag

Author: Ali J | Date Published: December 19, 2023 | Last Updated: December 20, 2023

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