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France L´Exposition coloniale internationale

Tomvandutch

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The origin of this amazing exotic garden dates back to 1899: it was created by agronomists who carried out experiments on the reproduction of plants from the colonies such as coffee, cocoa, vanilla, or bananas.

During the 1907 Paris Colonial Exhibition, five villages (Indochina, Madagascar, Congo, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco) were set up in this exotic garden. Here were locals who had been offered a contract and salary to come to France to live in these villages. Lots of things like B. "The Tuareg Raid" were simply made up and posed to provide something for the visitors.

Throughout the summer, French visitors flocked to the gardens to watch the groups in their recreated 'typical' settings and even buy goods and food from them. Over 33 million visitors came during the 6-month exhibition, including the Duke of York, later King George VI. from Great Britain.

Of course, the exhibition was also heavily criticized.
At the end of the exhibition, the residents returned to their true homes and the site began to deteriorate.

During the First World War, the garden was used as a hospital for the soldiers of the French colonies and then, in part, turned into a memorial.
The land was owned by the French state and largely off-limits. It wasn't until the site was bought by the City of Paris and reopened to the public in 2007 that one could see what had become of it.

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