The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. It’s home to numerous beaches, coral reefs, and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to capital Victoria. It also has the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and beaches, including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka.Seychelles Geography. The Seychelles islands are situated in the Indian Ocean over 1,500 km/932 miles to the east of the African continent. The island is built on granite or are the tops of coral reefs of the Mascarenes. The island’s highest mountain is the ‘Morne Seychellois’, with 905m or 2,969ft.
Key cities in Seychelles include: Victoria, Anse Boileau, Bel Ombre, Beau Vallon, Cascade, Anse Royale, Takamaka, Port, Glaud, Anse Lazio, Saint Louis, Mont Buxton, Bel Air.
Historical, Cultural facts & Religion
However, the recorded history of Seychelles dates back to the fourth of the Portuguese India Armadas led by Vasco da Gama. The first recorded landing was by the men of the English East India Company ship Ascension, which arrived in Seychelles in January 1609. The islands were claimed by France in 1756. The Seychellois culture is characterized by the diversity of the people who have settled there over the years. Through its art and traditions, the archipelago is thus enriched by African, Asian, and European influences. This results in a curious, but the harmonious mixture in the way of life of its inhabitants.
Brief Country History
The credits as to who first visited the islands of Seychelles belong to the Arab traders or Austronesian seafarers. The first European sighting that was recorded happened in 1502 by the Portuguese Admiral Vasco de Gama when his crew passed by the islands and named them after himself, the Amirantes, or the islands of the Admiral. The archipelago had its first recorded landing around 1609 by the crew of the British East India Company who had the first written account about the islands. It has become a popular haven for pirates. The first settlements came in back in 1756 when the French-led a small party of whites, Indians and Africans to the islands and administered the islands as part of the growing colony of Mauritius. The islands were named after King Louis XV’s Minister of Finance, Jean Moreau de Séchelles. The French had control over the islands until Napoleon was defeated in Waterloo and then the British gained control over the islands through the Treaty of Paris in 1814 and changed the French Séchelles name to the Anglicized present-day name of Seychelles.
Seychelles became independent from the hands of the British in 1976 and has become a republic but remained a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Their very first president James Mancham had a very short reign. He was overthrown in 1977 by Prime Minister France-Albert René who was first sold to the idea of a Socialist one-party system, but later on, he reintroduced a multiparty system together with many reforms. In 1993, the country saw its first multiparty system election for the presidential position and legislative posts in which President René came out victorious. He ran and won again in the 1998 and 2003 presidential elections, but later ceded the Presidency to James Alix Michel in June of 2004 after 27 years in power. President Michel won the 2006 presidential elections with a majority of 53.7% of the votes.
Language (s) Written & Spoken
There are three official languages in Seychelles: Creole, English, and French. The most common language spoken by the Seychellois population is their own Creole variant, Seychellois Creole, or Seselwa.
Important Types of Commerce in Seychelles
Seychelles’ main industries include tourism, fishing, farming, oil drilling, and manufacturing. Most manufacturers are small-scale and consist largely of food processing plants. The manufacture of beer, cigarettes, chemicals, and furniture, among other items, also plays a significant role within the sector.
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