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History

History of the Seychelles

1742

1756

From the end of the 16th century until 1730, the Seychelles remained the secret hiding place for pirates.

The first French exploratory expedition led by Lazare Picault and Grossin; commissioned by the Governor of Mauritius, Mahe de la Bourdonnais.

French occupation by Captain Nicolas Morphey. The islands are named after King Louis XV chancellor Jean Moreau de Sechelles.

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1770

1772

1778

1785

1794

The first 20 or so inhabitants arrive on the island of St. Anne, from the French colony of Mauritius.

The second group of inhabitants arrive at the beach of Anse Royale, on Mahe.

A new group of inhabitants arrive, and build their homes in the place where today Victoria stands, the foundation stone for Victoria was placed.

70 white European men inhabit the islands, along with their 500 slaves.

Chevalier Jean Baptise Queau de Quinssy becomes Governor of the Seychelles.

1794-    1811

1835

1893

1903

1972

Sovereignty of the islands fluctuates between England and France, several times.

England abolishes slavery on the islands, granting 4000 slaves their freedom.

The first telegraph cable is laid, between Mahe and Sansibar.

The Seychelles break away from the Mauritius colony, and become a separate colony under British rule.

Opening of the International Airport, built by the British Government.

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1976

1977

1982/     83

1993

1994

On 29th June 1996, the Seychelles became an Independent republic.

Albert Rene seizes power in the coup d’etat.

The atoll of Aldabra and Vallee de Mai are included in the list of World Heritage sites.

The Republic of the Seychelles in made into a multiparty state, and Albert Rene is democratically voted President, having been in office since 1977.

The Republic of the Seychelles has a population of approximately 70,000 people.

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