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Seychelles is an island republic in the Indian Ocean that comprises about 115 islands of which 46 are uninhabited; Mahé is the largest and it’s home to about 90% of the archipelago’s population. Despite being uninhabited, the islands were already known by traders over centuries: in 1602, Vasco da Gama sighted and indicated the archipelago under the name of “Tres Irmãos”, the three brothers. The first recorded landing was in 1609 by an expedition of the British East India Company. 140 years later, France formally annexed and settled Seychelles, with the aim of finding a faster passage from Mauritius to India. The Napoleonic wars led to the Treaty of Paris and the surrender of the archipelago under British administration as a dependency of Mauritius. During the colonial period, Seychelles saw the arrival, along with the settlers, of numerous slaves of various origins that eventually gave birth to a multi-ethnic Seychellois culture. However, French influence remained dominant. Since independence in 1976, considerable efforts have been made to preserve the country’s unspoiled ecosystem and biodiversity: the government has established several nature preserves and marine parks.

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La Digue

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La Digue
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Mahe

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Praslin

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Praslin
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Victoria

Victoria is located on the northeastern coast of Mahé Island.

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