Tromelin island forms part of the territory of the Republic of Mauritius



Situated north-west of the main island of Mauritius, it is a small flat coralline island, with a land area of 0.87 km2.

The island is known for the rough seas that surround it. In the 18th century, a French ship of La Compagnie des Indes carrying more than hundred slaves bought in Madagascar and destined to be sold in the main island of Mauritius, capsized near the island of Tromelin. The French sailors managed to construct boat and left Tromelin for Madagascar, abandoning the Malagasy slaves on the small island. 

It was only 15 years later that a ship came back for the survivors, the number of which, by that time, was less than 10 persons.



An article on Tromelin from 'The economist' (December 2015)

An 18th-century outrage: Lèse humanité