The island of Tromelin is a French overseas territory, 350 km east of Madagascar. It is a small featureless island of 200 acres covered by brush and surrounded by coral reefs. A slave ship was wrecked here in 1761. The crew of the ship managed to get back to Madagascar but they left 60 slaves on the island. They remained stranded on the tiny island for 15 years until Bernard Boudin de Tromelin, captain of the French warship La Dauphine, returned to retrieve the survivors : seven women and one child.