Republic of Seychelles
  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Seychelles were colonized by the French in 1756 to establish spice plantations to compete with the Dutch monopoly. The islands were captured by the English in 1794. Subsequently, Britain offered to return Mauritius and its dependencies which included the Seychelles to France if that country would renounce all claims to her possessions in India. France refused and the Seychelles were formally ceded to Britain as a dependency of Mauritius. In Nov. 1903 the Seychelles archipelago became a separate British Crown Colony. Internal self-government was achieved on 1 Oct. 1975 and independence as a republic within the British Commonwealth on 29 June 1976.


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Further Reading

  1. Bennett, G. and Bennett, P. R., Seychelles. [Bibliography] ABC-Clio, Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1993Google Scholar
  2. Scarr, D., Seychelles Since 1970: History of a Slave and Post-Slavery Society. Africa World Press, Lawrenceville (NJ), 2000Google Scholar
  3. National statistical office: Statistics and Database Administration Section (MISD), P. O. Box 206, Victoria, Mahé. Seychelles in Figures Google Scholar
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  • Barry Turner

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