A little information about the country that one intends to visit or that one has visited often allows us to put into context the past or future emotions specific to each trip. A little history or anecdotes are often welcome ... This is what you can find on this page dedicated to Reunion Island. But nothing like (short) videos to get a more precise idea of the places visited or to visit. Beside is a list of the videos edited from the photographic material I brought back from the trip Mauritius • Cavadee 2020 / Reunion (EN).
You just have to click on the image to access the page giving more information on the place treated in the video and of course, to see this video ...
Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is part of the Mascarenes with Mauritius and Rodrigues. Formerly called Ile Bourbon, Reunion is a French overseas department.
Reunion, volcanic island
Geographically close to Mauritius, Réunion does not look at all like its sister island. Both are of volcanic origin, but while the last volcano in Mauritius has been extinct for 10 or 15,000 years, Réunion still has one of the most active volcanoes on the planet, the Piton de la Fournaise.
And the three great circuses that are Cilaos, Salazie and Maffate still present impressive reliefs due to volcanoes admittedly inactive and collapsed. Compared to Maurice's Trou-aux-Cerfs, they look like youngsters.
Reunion Island is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers, while Mauritius mainly attracts tourists in search of calm and fine sand.
Short history of Reunion
Like Mauritius, Réunion was probably known to Arabs as early as the Middle Ages. They called her "Dina Morgabin", the island of the sunset.
It was the Portuguese who gave it the name of Mascarin, from the name of the navigator who was the first European to dock there, Pedro de Mascarenhas in 1513.
When France took possession of this island to make a stopover on the route to India, it was named Ile Bourbon. It was at the beginning of the 18th century that it became a real colony and specialized in the production of coffee.
Slavery was used to produce cheap coffee and sugar and was abolished in 1848. It was then Indian hires who took over from the African slaves.
Reunion became a French department in 1946.