Maldives

Maldives

Location: Asia | South Asia | Earth, Type of Place: Country | Administrative Division | Statistical region | Flag referent | Sports Team Location | Governmental Jurisdiction | Dated location | Organization member | Olympic participating country | Organization scope | Literature Subject | Newspaper circulation area » Maldives  is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls oriented north-south off India's Lakshadweep Islands, between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago. It stands in the Laccadive Sea, about 700 kilometres south-west of Sri Lanka and 400 kilometres south-west of India. During the colonial era, the Dutch referred to the country as "Maldivische Eilanden" in their documentation, while "Maldive Islands" is the anglicised version of the local name used by the British, which later came to be written "Maldives". The Maldives was dominated from the mid sixteenth century by colonial powers: Portugal, the Netherlands, and Britain. In 1965, the Maldives gained independence from the British, becoming a republic. It was then...
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