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Seychelles: A brief History

Seychelles landscape

Consisting of over 115 islands, Seychelles is one of the most popular destinations among tourists. Covering 455km² of land and with over 90,000 inhabitants, it has been ranked 203rd in terms of land area. If you are considering travelling during your holidays, Seychelles is the best place suited for your needs so book your ticket with Air Seychelles today.

History of Seychelles

The Seychelles islands are a relatively young group of islands, having remained uninhabited until the 17th century. The French colonialists emerging from Mauritius during the “Seven Years’ War” claimed the archipelago for France in 1756.

Although Seychelles was principally used for its natural resources, its geographical location provided a trade route towards India which enabled the cultivation of spices.

In 1794, the settlement of Seychelles started to detach itself from Mauritius and despite the British attempts to control the island, Seychelles remained under the French influence till 1810. Seychelles went on to become a crown colony along with Mauritius.

Lastly, in 1976 Seychelles obtained its independence due to colonists having difficulties importing the required goods due to World War I.

Geography

Seychelles is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and its islands are scattered, but accessible by sea and air transport

The central islands consist of the principal island, Mahé, which is the capital city of the archipelago as well as Praslin and La Digue

The Coral Islands

Smaller islands surrounding Mahé are merely coastal strips. These islands are full of corals and hardly reach more than the water level.

Islands of Submarine Plateau origin

In contrary to coral islands, these islands are huge ones. However, they are normally peaks of the Mascarene Plateau; which covers an area of over 115,000 km2 and is part of Africa.

Seychelles Flora and Fauna

Another great aspect of the Seychelles geography is the rainfall which helps to achieve lush green vegetation. If you are visiting Seychelles, you may also enjoy watching turtles in the coral reefs amongst the floras and faunas.