Reunion is located in the Indian Ocean and belongs to the Overseas Department of France. Until 1794 and after 1848 the island was called Île Bourbon - in between it was called Île Bonaparte under Naples. The black and white photo shows impressions of the Creole population on the beach of St. Gilles les Bains. Creoles denote colonial groups formed by colonialism.
The Museum Agricole et Industriel Stella Matutina in Saint-Leu, which was set up in a former sugar cane factory, shows interested exhibits on the development of Reunion. A few outstanding portraits from different eras of the Creole population provide not only industrial developments but also insights into the cultural development of the island.