Reunion: Location, History, Size, Population, & Government

About Reunion, information, history size, location, population, people, culture, and government.

Reunion

Size--970 sq. mi. (2,512 sq. km.). Population--475,000.

An island in the Indian Ocean, about 450 mi. east of Madagascar, Reunion is an Overseas Department of France. Because 70% of the total cultivated land consists of sugarcane plantations, a few European plantation owners control the island, which is overcrowded and filled with disease. Malnutrition is common among the poor and alcoholism, veneral disease, tuberculosis, and asthma are widespread. In recent years, DDT spraying has eliminated malaria.

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