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The island is known in Réunion Creole as "La Reunión" or "Île Bourbon", although it was named Île Bourbon (after the French royal family) only after 1789. The island's official name, however, has remained La Réunion since 1849 and was made an integral part of France in 1946. Réunion is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa due to its diverse climate and landscapes that are very different from those found on mainland Africa: indeed, it has been called a miniature version of Madagascar because its fauna and flora share many common characteristics with their southern neighbour; for example both have numerous endemic species found nowhere else on earth. It also receives more rainfall than any other region (over per year).