Comoros is an independent state that comprises three of the Comoro Islands in the Indian Ocean. Although the island of Mayotte is administered by France, it is still claimed by the country. Over the centuries, a large variety of peoples have come together to form a complex cultural mix. The islands are thought to have been explored by Arab and Persian traders in antiquity and inhabited mostly by Malayo-Indonesian peoples, gaining structure only with the settlement of Bantu-speaking peoples from the African mainland. Shīrāzi Persians are thought to have established Sunni Islam as the dominant religion and developed a thriving economy based on the sale of spices and slaves. The archipelago has been also called the “perfumed islands” for the fragrant plant life and it is known for its beautiful landscapes.
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