Military Cantonment, Diego SuarezDiego Suarez, Madagascar
On the 4th December 1897 France decided to make Diego Suarez the operational naval base for the Indian Ocean Fleet. On 13th March 1900 the province including Diego Suarez was declared a Military Zone with Colonel Joffre placed in charge. Over the next five years all the defences and dry dock were built with a Military Cantonment, Diego Suarez. Many of the original builds still stand in this area, although it largely remains in military hands.