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Volcanic in origin, the highest peak on the mountainous island of
Reunion is Piton des Neiges (3,069m).
Reunion Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel
and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to Reunion.
Island of Reunion, Reunion Art and Music, Saint-Denis.
Reunion is the largest of the Mascarene island group in the Indian
Ocean, south-east of Madagascar.
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 Reunion 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, Reunion 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 Reunion 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
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Hotels in Saint-Denis
Juliette Dodu Saint Denis:
31 Rue Juliette Dodu, Saint-Denis, Reunion.
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.
Guests at Le
Juliette enjoyed the great location, clean rooms and a satisfying breakfast.
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Historical and fine art collections can be seen in the Leon-Dierx
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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