Reunion Island described as an earthly paradise. In the 15th century it is located nominal Arab sailors on a map, since in 1516 the Portuguese Pedro Mascaren rediscovered the island, which he called the Mascarenes. In 1638, on the feast day of Saint-Paul, the Frenchman Salomom Goubet, commander of the vessel Saint-Alexis, landed in a bay which he named Saint-Paul. But still visit today, he says the French island.
It was in 1646 that the island received its first inhabitants, twelve strong dolphins (Madagascar) were abandoned. Two years later, the twelve men surprisingly reunited in excellent health. France then became interested in this island.
Flacourt, governor of the island Madagascar renamed « The Bourbon ».
The Bourbon gradually becomes a place of supplies for the navires.En route to India. Under pressure from the East India Company, The Colony develops, cultivates the spices and coffee fetches the workforce in Africa, Madagascar and India. The island was bought in 1764 by the king. After the collapse of the East India Company, This is the beginning of a good time thanks to the export of coffee that will last 30 years. In 1792 it was renamed the island of Reunion. In 1946, Reunion became a French department following an almost unanimous political becomes aware of the situation and change. Today, Reunion is in a modern island in the Indian Ocean and has a very high development level.