Posted on June 5, 2015
I think it's nice to space out holidays and celebrations, don't you? Like, it's a bit of a problem to have a family birthday on December 23, if you celebrate Christmas, because that particular birthday can get sort of swallowed up in the Christmas bustle.
- June 5 – Liberation Day
- June 18 – National Day
- June 29 – Independence Day
Today celebrates the anniversary of this date in 1977, when the country was “liberated” from the government installed by Great Britain the year before.
And what we mean by “liberated” was a coup d'etat. There were two legal leaders in the country, the President and a Prime Minister. The President left the nation to visit the U.K., and the Prime Minister just swooped in and took over. And then he just ran the country as a one-party communist state for 17 years!
But many people in Seychelles are happy that the coup occurred; they are sure that it saved their lovely island nation from continued exploitation.
All of this just goes to show you that one guy's illegal action is another guy's heroic deed.
She sells sea shells...
The name Seychelles seems to me to be a perfect name for a nation made up of 115 islands, because it is pronounced a lot like “sea shell” (in French, “sea shells” in English). Still, all of those islands don't add up to a lot of land – less land than the one island of Guam, a U.S. Territory. And Seychelles is the smallest nation in Africa by way of population.
The Seychelles was uninhabited throughout most of recorded history. Apparently, although we can assume that plenty of seafarers spotted and maybe landed on the larger islands, the first recorded landing was in 1609, by an English East India Company ship.
Still, they remained uninhabited for another century and a half. Finally, the French began to take control of the islands – which means that some French sea captain laid down a “Stone of Possession,” and then of course the British stepped up and said, basically, “no fair, no fair!”
Most people who now live in the Seychelles are creole – a mix of East African and Malagasy, Indian, Chinese, French, and British.
Check out the beauties of the Seychelles:
As you can imagine, there are many beautiful beaches.
On Bird Island, there are about 1,500,000 sooty terns during the breeding season, plus many other species of birds.
The Seychelles has a nature reserve that is said to have the greatest density of lizards of any place on earth.
Other creatures seen there include giant tortoises and dugongs (sea cows). One of the islands that has a population of giant tortoises has 200,000 of them! That's five times as many as the Galapagos!
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