The shipwreck of the L'Utile.


On July 31, 1761, the French ship L’Utile shipwrecked on a one square kilometer island in the Indian Ocean. The sailors built a boat and managed to escape, but they left behind 60 slaves the ship was carrying illegally. Fifteen years later, the survivors (seven women and a baby) were finally rescued. UNESCO is still researching the story of their escape attempts and how some survived those years on what is now named Tromelin Island. -via Reddit

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