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Fort Dauphine Cruises

Fort Dauphine was the most durable French settlement in Madagascar, at the modern site of Tolanaro, before the 19th century.

It was founded in 1643 by the French East India Company and named in honor of the crown prince of France, the future Louis XIV. It was settled by around a hundred colonists, who found themselves involved in the local politics. The poor trade results (some ebony and little more was obtained) hardly justified the difficulties of the settlers, who suffered from tropical illnesses and other problems. After a conflict with the Antanosy people, the survivors were evaquated in 1674.