Réunion: 10 stamps with bees
Réunion is an island in the neighbourhood of Madagacar in the Indian Ocean. For a long time a desert island. It was of importance to ships on their way to India because of the fresh water.
In 1649 the island was officialy annexed by France. During the French Revolution the island changed names for a short time: 1793 - lle de la Réunion (for the revolutionaries a symbol for the meeting of the revolutionary troops in Paris in 1790; 1806 - lle Bonaparte; 1810 lle Bourbon. Finally it was Réunion in 1848. At this moment the island is - just like Guadeloupe and Mauritius - an overseas department of France.
The French Revolution, c.q. Napoleon
have put their stamp up on the history of
Réunion. So it is not surprising, that 10 Napoleonic bees are found on
the coat of arms.
by Jan de Crom
taken from "The Postal Bee" 5/2005
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