Place:Saint-Paul, Réunion


Alt namesSaint Paulsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Coordinates21°S 55.283°E
Located inRéunion
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source: Family History Library Catalog

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Saint-Paul is the second-largest commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. It is located on the extreme west side of the island of Réunion.

Until 1999, near Saint Paul there was the 428 metres tall mast OMEGA Chabrier transmitter.


The city of Saint-Paul de la Réunion contains the "best anchoring bay" on the island, it is therefore no surprise that the first French settlers land there on 29 June 1642.

On 10 November 1663, the French ship Saint-Charles drops anchor in Saint-Paul, and Bourbon Island (the name of the island before the Revolution) becomes a French colony and the first French presence in the Indian Ocean.

Saint-Paul is the former capital of the island and its oldest town. In 1838, Saint-Denis becomes the island's administrative capital.

On 21 september 1809 Saint-Paul is invaded by British forces, who immediately withdraw.

The city's population reaches 100,000 in November 2006.

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