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Saint-Paul (Municipality, Reunion, France)

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Flag of Saint-Paul - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 1 April 2023

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Presentation of Saint-Paul

The municipality of Saint-Paul (99,291 inhabitants in 2005; 24,128 ha) is located on the north-western shore of the island. Stretching out from the seashore to the mountains, the municipal territory includes a part of the caldeira (cirque) of Mafate.

The oldest settlement on the island, Saint-Paul was the cradle of the French colonisation because its bay was considered as the safest mooring in the island. The first French landed on 29 June 1646, Sts. Peter and Paul's Day but effective colonisation started in 1663, when two French from Madagascar, Louis Payen and Pierre Pau, settled with ten servants in the cave of the First French (grotte des Premiers Français). In 1665, Étienne Regnault, first governor of the island, settled there with twenty colonists appointed by the Company of India; they immediatly grew wheat, grapevine, rice and tobacco in the place called Old Saint-Paul ("Vieux Saint-Paul").

In 1703, Saint-Paul had some 30 houses, where most of the 500 inhabitants of the island lived. A hurricane destroyed Old Saint-Paul in 1718; the next year, coffee cultivation started and colonisation was allowed in the hinterland; Saint-Paul economically declined so that Governor Mahé de la Bourdonnais transferred the capital of the island to Saint-Pierre in 1738. In the early 19th century, sugarcane replaced coffee as the main crop in Saint-Paul, later superseded by geranium.

Source: Municipal website

Ivan Sache, 10 February 2009

Flag of Saint-Paul

A new logo was adopted in 2021, a new flag with the new logo flies on the city hall (photo, 2022).

Olivier Touzeau, 1 April 2023

[Former flag of Saint-Paul]    [Former flag of Saint-Paul]

Former flags of Saint-Paul
Left, with pre-2011 logotype - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 4 February 2009
Right, between 2011 and 2021- Image by Olivier Touzeau, 1 April 2023

The flag of Saint Paul is white with the municipal logo. On all the flags I have seen in town, the logo surmounts the name of the town, as SAINT-PAUL and the motto "Terre de France" (Land of France), while other reported flags only bear the name of the town, as VILLE DE SAINT-PAUL.
The text "berceau de la Réunion" (Cradle of Reunion) is contained in the ocean blue part of the logo.

Olivier Touzeau, 4 February 2009

A new logo had been adopted in 2011, and a white flag with this logo entered in use (photo; photo, 2015; photo, 2021).

Olivier Touzeau, 1 April 2023