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A group of African slaves spent 15 years shipwrecked on this tiny island

2018 09 10 podcast episode 216 the tromelin island castaways

Check out this absolutely fascinating story on this episode of the Futility Closet. We highly recommend it!

In 1761 a French schooner was shipwrecked in the Indian Ocean, leaving more than 200 people stranded on a tiny island. The crew departed in a makeshift boat, leaving 60 Malagasy slaves to fend for themselves and wait for rescue. In this week’s episode of the Futility Closet podcast we’ll tell the story of the Tromelin Island castaways, which one observer calls “arguably the most extraordinary story of survival ever documented.”


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