Seychelles

Coordinates: 4°35′S 55°40′E / 4.583°S 55.667°E / -4.583; 55.667

Seychelles (i/sˈʃɛlz/ say-SHELZ; French: [sɛʃɛl]), officially the Republic of Seychelles (French: République des Seychelles; Creole: Repiblik Sesel), is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The 115-island country, whose capital is Victoria, lies 1,500 kilometres (932 mi) east of mainland East Africa. Other nearby island countries and territories include Comoros, Mayotte, Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius to the south.

Seychelles, with a population of 90,024, has the smallest population of any independent African state; however, it does have a larger population than the UK overseas territory Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

History

The Seychelles were uninhabited throughout most of recorded history. Some scholars assume that Austronesian seafarers and later Maldivian and Arab traders were the first to visit the uninhabited Seychelles. The earliest recorded sighting by Europeans took place in 1502 by the Portuguese Admiral Vasco da Gama, who passed through the Amirantes and named them after himself (islands of the Admiral). The earliest recorded landing was in January 1609, by the crew of the "Ascension" under Captain Sharpeigh during the fourth voyage of the British East India Company.

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New book detailing Indian Ocean Explorer’s adventures hits market |23 January 2023

Nation 23 Jan 2023
Asides from its adventures and those of the crew, the book also makes reference to the Seychelles of the ... Having been crucial to the boat’s operation in Seychelles, the book is dedicated to Captain Francis Roucou, who was also a significant contributor towards the final version....
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Ministry of Education enhances inclusive learning |18 January 2023

Nation 18 Jan 2023
The education resources were unveiled during a short ceremony at the Seychelles Institute for Teacher Education (SITE) yesterday morning in the presence of the Minister for Education, Dr Justin Valentin and the principal secretary, Merna Eulentin, other education officials, parents and students with special needs....

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