In 1729 the island was faced with a famine situation. The French settlers and slaves alike relied on fishing and hunting to survive. Due to the intervention of governor Dumas, who requisitioned the rice cargoes on board of two ships berthed in the port, the population was spared from a possible starvation.
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After the First World War, France and Great Britain were given mandates for administrating the Middle East by the League of Nations.
In the meanwhile, the newly resumed war with Britain by the French, resulted in the British capture of practically all remaining French colonies. These were restored at the Treaty of Amiens in 1802, but when war resumed in 1803, the British soon recaptured them. France's repurchase of Louisiana in 1800 came to nothing, as the success of the Haitian Revolution convinced Napoleon that holding Louisiana would not be worth the cost, leading to its sale to the United States in 1803. The French attempt to establish a colony in Egypt in 1798–1801 was not successful.