• John Paxton
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The islands were first colonized by the French in 1756, in order to establish plantations of spices to compete with the Dutch monopoly. They were captured by the English in 1794 and incorporated as a dependency of Mauritius in 1814. In Nov. 1903 the Seychelles archipelago became a separate colony. Internal self-government was achieved on 1 Oct. 1975 and independence as a republic within the Commonwealth on 29 June 1976. The first President, James Mancham, was deposed in a coup on 5 June 1977 and replaced by his Prime Minister.


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Further Reading

  1. Statistical Information: Information Office, 52 Kingsgate House, Victoria, Mahé.Google Scholar
  2. Agricultural Survey 1980. Government PrinterGoogle Scholar
  3. Seychelles in Figures. Statistics Division, Mahé. 1986Google Scholar
  4. Benedict, M. and Benedict, B., Men, Women and Money in Seychelles. Univ. of California Press. 1983Google Scholar
  5. Franda, M., The Seychelles: Unquiet Islands. Boulder, 1982Google Scholar
  6. Lionnet, G., The Seychelles. Newton Abbot, 1972Google Scholar
  7. Mancham, J. R., Paradise Raped: Life, Love and Power in the Seychelles. London, 1983Google Scholar

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