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Travel Notes -- R�union, an overseas department of France, is the largest of the Mascarene island group in the Indian Ocean, south-east of Madagascar. Find out more about R�union @ Travel Notes.

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Volcanic in origin, the highest peak on the mountainous island of R�union is Piton des Neiges (3,069m).

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R�union is the largest of the Mascarene island group in the Indian Ocean, south-east of Madagascar.

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The island of Reunion was uninhabited when the Portuguese navigator, Pedro de Mascarenhas, discovered it during the early 16th century.

In 1643 the island was claimed by the French, who named it Bourbon. The first colony was established on the island in 1662, and slaves were brought from East Africa and Madagascar to work on the sugar plantations.

The island was renamed R�union in 1793 and, after slavery was abolished 55 years later, contract workers were brought to the island from India and south-eastern Asia.

As an Overseas Department and Administrative Region of France, R�union sends five deputies and three senators to the French National Assembly, and a football team plays in the French cup each year.

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The capital of R�union is on the northern coast; a port at the mouth of the Saint-Denis River.

The city was founded by the French in the late 17th century and developed as a port of call on trade routes between Europe and Asia.

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Hotel Le Juliette Dodu Saint Denis:
31 Rue Juliette Dodu, Saint-Denis, Reunion.

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Located in a monument-protected building (the childhood home of national heroine Juliette Dodu) with beautifully decorated facades, Le Juliette Dodu features an outdoor pool, hot tub and a library with seating areas.

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R�union Art and Music

Historical and fine art collections can be seen in the L�on-Dierx Museum, Saint-Denis.

Both Indian and Western popular music are heard on the islands, though an indigenous form of music, called Sega, exists; in both traditional and popular forms.

Sega was discouraged by the colonists, but it has regained popularity and is now considered the national music of the islands.

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