Sainte-Suzanne, Réunion

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20°54'20"S
055°36'25"E
Country
 France
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Description

Sainte-Suzanne (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃t syzan]) is a commune on the north coast of the French island and department of Réunion.

Geography

It is bordered by the communes of Saint-André, Sainte-Marie and Salazie. The course of the Saint-Jean River denoted the border between Saint-André and Saint-Suzanne. Quartier-Français is a village in this commune.

Climate

Sainte-Suzanne has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) closely bordering on a tropical rainforest climate (Af). The average annual temperature in Sainte-Suzanne is 20.3 °C (68.5 °F). The average annual rainfall is 4,385.9 mm (172.67 in) with January as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in February, at around 23.2 °C (73.8 °F), and lowest in August, at around 17.5 °C (63.5 °F). The highest temperature ever recorded in Sainte-Suzanne was 32.3 °C (90.1 °F) on 7 March 2018; the coldest temperature ever recorded was 8.0 °C (46.4 °F) on 2 July 2005.

History

The town, along with Saint-Denis, was founded in 1667 by Étienne Regnault, the first governor of the island.

Population

Personalities

The following people were natives of Sainte-Suzanne: Edmond Albius (1829–1880), a slave who discovered the artificial pollination of vanilla. Élie Hoarau (born 1938), politician. René-Paul Victoria (born 1954), politician.
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