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ILE BOURBON (LA REUNION)
The Uranie anchored off St. Denis, the capital of Bourbon, on 19 May 1818. The island had been under French rule since the sevententh century and was, in 1818, the last French colonial outpost in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius having been ceded to the British by the Treaty of Paris in 1814). It had changed its name frequently: Ile Bourbon was replaced by La Réunion during the Terror, then Ile Bonaparte, reverting to lle Bourbon with the restoration of Louis XVIII in 1814. The island had capitulated to the British in 1810, but was returned to the French by the Treaty of Paris in 1814.
Freycinet took observations on the island, re-provisioned at St. Paul before sailing to New Holland.