The U.S. Mauritian relationship is nearly as old as the U.S. itself. Our diplomatic relationship started 222 years ago – in 1794 – when William Macarty, an American who had been a private commercial agent in Mauritius since November 1790, was appointed U.S. Consul to Mauritius by President George Washington.
Since April 12, 1795, when Macarty took office, despite occasional lapses, the United States maintained either a consul or a commercial agent in Mauritius. In 1968, The United States consulate became an embassy when Mauritius declared its independence from Britain.
In 2018, the U.S. Embassy will celebrate its 50th anniversary in Mauritius. In 2019, the U.S. Embassy and the government of Mauritius will celebrate the 225th anniversary of our bilateral relationship.
This relationship between the U.S. and Mauritius has endured throughout every President the U.S. has had.