HISTORY. France will today commemorate the bicentenary of Napoleon’s death even if these celebrations are not unanimous. In Reunion, almost everyone seems to have forgotten that our island was called “Bonaparte Island”. For what reasons ? Explanations from Reunion Island historian Olivier Fontaine.
Official commemorations take place in metropolitan France to celebrate the two cents of Napoleon’s death. In Reunion, nothing is organized. Is it because he restored slavery in the colonies which had been abolished in 1794 by the revolutionaries?
Olivier Fontaine: “Categorically no. It is something that is not known, including among historians of the Hexagon. Slavery has never been abolished in La Reuni …