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Saint-Denis (or unofficially Saint-Denis de la Réunion for disambiguation) is the préfecture (administrative capital) of the French overseas region and department of Réunion, in the Indian Ocean. It is located at the island's northernmost point, close to the mouth of the Rivière Saint-Denis.
Saint-Denis is the most populous commune in the French overseas departments. At the 1999 census, there were 158,139 inhabitants in the urban area of Saint-Denis, 131,557 of whom lived in the city (commune) of Saint-Denis proper and the remainder in the neighbouring commune of Sainte-Marie.
- 1738 : Saint-Denis becomes the administrative capital of the island instead of Saint-Paul, under governor Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais. The city is home to 2,166 inhabitants.
- 1766 : The royal decree of 17 August divides the island into five quadrants including that of Saint-Denis.
- 1777 : The checkerboard map of the city is established by Chevalier Banks.
- 1790 : Saint-Denis becomes an incorporated town. Jean Baptiste Delestrac is its first mayor
- 8 July 1810 : Having come ashore the day before at la Grand Chaloupe, the British take the town, leading to the surrender of the island, then named Bonaparte.
- 1855 : Opening of the Muséum d'histoire naturelle.
- 21 April 1860 : Inauguration of the new City Hall whose construction had been started in 1846.
- 1868 : Riots and state of siee in the city for six months.
- 1874 : Construction of a bridge over Le Barachois. This bridge will become the favorite spot for pleasure walks in the city.
- 11 February 1882 : Completion of a railway line between Saint-Denis and [Wikipedia:Saint-Benoît, Réunion Saint-Benoît].