Amirantes

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Amirantes

 

a group of 150 low coral islands in the Indian Ocean, north-northeast of Madagascar. Area, 83 sq km. They are governed by the British Seychelles. There are coconut palm plantations; the major products are copra, fish, and turtles. The Amirantes were discovered in 1502 by the Portuguese, who named them Ilnas de Almirante (Admiral’s Islands) in honor of Vasco da Gama.

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