Reflecting on epoch
Le cimetière des Pirates - Sainte Marie, Madagascar.
An overgrown cemetery is the place of eternal rest of adventurers, pirates, outlaws and foreign convicts. At the entry, lying on the first tomb, a coin and some candies are the last offerings of the local guides made to apologise for their visits. There are also numerous tombs of sailors and dealers of which some date back to the beginning of the eighteenth century. The headstones and crosses lie in ruins on the ground, destroyed by hurricanes in the area.
Ile Sainte Marie was once a major hide-out for pirates who, between 1680 and 1720, numbered nearly one thousand and dominated the seas around Africa. In 1750 it was put under French protection through a marriage between Madagascar’s Princess Bety and La Bigorne, becoming the first step of France’s colonisation of Madagascar.
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