The Republic of Seychelles is an island nation in the Indian Ocean consisting of 155 islands, located off the east coast of Africa. It has a population of 90,024 but was uninhabited when the first Europeans landed in 1609. The islands were then used haphazardly by traders and by pirates until the Napoleonic Wars, when Great Britain took over the islands and administered them from Mauritius until 1903. Becoming a British Crown Colony, Seychelles was occasionally used for holding political prisoners from the British Empire. Elections were held for the first time in 1966, and independence was granted in 1976.

During World War I, the islands did not receiving regular supplies of food by ship, and there was massive deprivation and hunger, with a feeling that ...

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