Country Fast Facts: Reunion


































Réunion




























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The Portuguese discovered the uninhabited island in 1513.



From the 17th to the 19th centuries, French immigration, supplemented by influxes of Africans, Chinese, Malays, and Malabar Indians, gave the island its ethnic mix.



The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 cost the island its importance as a stopover on the East Indies trade route.



From the 17th to the 19th centuries, French immigration supplemented by influxes of Africans, Chinese, Malays, and Indians gave the island its ethnic mix. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 cost the island its importance as a stopover on the East Indies trade route.



Réunion became a département d'outre-mer (overseas department) of France on March 19, 1946.



Between March 15 and 16, 1952, Cilaos at the centre of Réunion received 1,869.9 mm (73.6 in) of rainfall. This is the greatest 24-hour precipitation total ever recorded on earth. The island also holds the record for most rainfall in 72 hours, 3,929 mm (154.7 in) at Commerson's Crater in March, 2007.



In 2005 and 2006 Réunion was hit by a crippling epidemic of chikungunya, a disease spread by mosquitoes.



Source: CIA World Fact Book

















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