Friday 6 february 2009, at Museum de la Marine 

Chronicle of site
Last modified
23 January 2017

A unique history: 60 slaves abandoned for 15 years on Tromelin Island
On November 17 1760, L'Utile, a cargo vessel of the French East Indian Company left Bayonne in France. On July 31, 1761, it was shipwrecked off Sand Island (now called Tromelin Island), a deserted 1 km2 islet. The ship's cargo included illegally bought slaves from Madagascar destined to be sold on Mauritius Island.

The French crew left for Madagascar on a makeshift vessel, leaving behind sixty slaves with three months of provisions and the promise of a rapid rescue.
Fifteen years later, on November 29, 1776, the lieutenant of the Tromelin rescued the last survivors; seven women and one eight month old baby.

 60 esclaves abandonnés pendant 15 ans sur l'île de Tromelin

The 2008 archaeological mission

Contact(s) :

Project director: Max Guérout 
04 67 35 92 01 -
mrgueroutmaxadrien [at]

Communication :
Sébastien Berthaut-Clarac
06 29 07 81 67 -
sebastien.bc [at]

Communication :
Vincent Charpentier
01 40 08 80 16 -
vincent.charpentier [at]