|ISSUE DATE:||2 January 2017|
|STAMP THEME:||Les esclaves abandonnés|
|STAMP SIZE:||80 x 30 mm|
|STAMP DESIGN:||Sylvain Savoia|
When the crew of the ship reached Madagascar they requested the colonial authorities to send a ship to rescue the people on the island. However, they met with a categorical refusal based on the fact that France was fighting the Seven Years' War and no ship could be spared. Meanwhile, the people who had been left on the bleak little island built a shed with coral stones, for most wood had been used in the construction of the raft for the crew. They also built a lookout on the highest point of the island in order not to miss the ship that would, they hoped, come to their rescue. They were all from the Central Highlands and were not used to the marine environment. Most died within the first few months. Fifteen years later in 1776, Bernard Boudin de Tromelin (from whom the island takes its name), captain of the French warship La Dauphine, visited the island and rescued the survivors — seven women and an eight-month-old child.
Stamp images thanks to La Poste