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Bizet is the capital of the republic of Maysoran, Algheran and Shaoran. The city lies on the island of Maysoran and has 93,519 inhabitants. Bizet was founded by Arabic settlers probably as early as in the 10th century and became during many centuries an important trade center with frequent contacts with the Arabic peninsula, East-Africa and India and the name is believed to come from the Arabic word for .... After the arrival of European settlers in the 16th and 17th century, both the city and trade decayed and first in 1745 Bizet was "re-founded" by Bertrand François Mahé de Labourdonnais, governor of Mauritius (and thus also governor of Maysoran, Algheran and Shaoran) and became the official residence of the governor on his (extremely scarce) visits on Maysoran.