Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Reunion - called before the Revolution Ile DE Bourbon - is an island belonging to France, in the Indian Ocean, 115 miles W. of Mauritius, and 350 miles E. of Madagascar. It is 38 miles long, 28 broad, and contains 970 square miles. A volcanic range of mountains runs through the island, the highest points being the Piton de Fournaise (8,612 ft.) in the south-east, still an active volcano, and the Piton de Neige (10,000 ft.) in the centre. From this range, the land descends in plateaus and terraces, interspersed with deep glens and gorges, presenting some fine scenery. The soil is fruitful and watered by many streams. The climate is hot, but wholesome.