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10 interesting facts about Seychelles island

Seychelles is the second most developed country in Africa, as we had ranked the 154 countries based on their Per Capita Income, Doing Business Index and Human Development index. The data was collected based on year 2020. It’s an island country located in the Eastern Africa in the Indian Ocean away from the coast of Kenya and Somalia.

1. Seychelles was once a pirate paradise

The pirates are relatively scarce in current times; however any modern reader who might have watched Pirates of the Caribbean might be knowing who a pirate is – an enemy of mankind – as international law describes the term. Seychelles once serves as a paradise for the pirates. The anti-pirates operations near the coast of Somalia, made those criminals to take refuge in Seychelles. The problem as a result of those anti-pirate missions pushed it further east and south. However with constant efforts and patrolling from the developed nations has curbed the problem.

2. The island with £100 million hidden

Since Seychelles has a pirate history; therefore, there is a legend which says that the island has £100 million hidden somewhere. This story emerged after a life long research of two people. The story has been passed down like a culture in the subsequent generations of the island.

Two men actually decided to search for this hidden treasure, one known as Treasure Man aka Reginald Herbert Cruise-Wilkins and other happens to be his son, who also earned the same name i-e Treasure Man. The father searched for the treasure till his death in 1977. The path to the treasure is Levasseur cryptogram.

Information obtained from The Cipher Foundation

3. Aldabra is the heaviest tortoise in the world present in Seychelles

The heaviest tortoise in the world is found in Seychelles. It’s present in the island of Aldabra Atoll in Seychelles. It’s one of the largest tortoise in the world. Historically speaking, giant tortoise were found in the islands of the Indian Ocean such as Madagascar, the fossils record have indicated as such. Later these giant tortoise species became extinct due to many reasons. Today Aldabra species can be found.

Aldabra Atoll is a home to the world’s heaviest and largest tortoise

4. Coco de mer is the largest seed in world found in Seychelles

The largest seed in the world is Coco de mer and it’s a seed of palm tree which is found in Seychelles. Since the seed is pretty rare; therefore, the government of Seychelles has protected it. It’s a giant dark brown seed.

Coco De Mer seeds found in Seychelles

5. Victoria is the capital of Seychelles, it’s pretty small

Victoria is 19.47km² in area and it’s pretty small. One can explore the entire city on foot. It’s located on the northeastern coast of Mahé Island which is the largest island in the Seychelles. Victoria is the port of Seychelles and sea trade happens through it. It also served as the centre of the British colonial government. Just for a comparison, the area of Washington DC is 177 km² and Vatican City, the world’s smallest capital city has an area of 0.44km².

6. Seychelles isn’t just one island

Sometimes new visitors and readers confuse Seychelles with one island; however, that is not the case. Seychelles is an archipelago and it has 115 islands in total. Mahé is the largest island in this group of islands. Actually there are three main islands in Seychelles, Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. These islands offer perfect beaches which are worth visiting. Mahé is home to a majority of the country’s population.

7. Main religion of Seychelles is Roman Catholics

Looking at the demography and the religion of the Seychelles, and it appears that Roman Catholics form a majority on the islands. However, in addition to the Roman Catholicism, there are those who follow Anglican or the protestant churches. Further, there are minorities of Hindus and Muslims on the island as well. According to the reports, everyone lives in a state of harmony. Around 76% of the people adhere to the Roman Catholicism.

8. Breadfruit is pretty popular in Seychelles

Those who visit the island for tourism, do come across the legendary breadfruit, an eatable which is given much importance in the country. There is a legend that those who eat breadfruit in the island, always come back to it. The eatable is so venerated that it’s used for multiple purpose food, like baked, boiled, fried, steamed, microwaves, grilled or even barbecued. It has a starchy fragrance and the taste is equal to a baked bread; therefore, it finds various uses in the lifestyle of the Seychelles’ residents.

A tree of Breadfruit can grow up to 50-60 feet in height and it can produce 100 fruits. The frequency of the these fruits is 3 times in a year.

9. Seychelles currency is pretty beautiful

Seychelles government has decided to use nature on their currency which makes it pretty beautiful. The name of the currency is Seychellois rupee and the currency code is SCR. In local language the money is called roupi. In 1976, when the island got freedom, the notes of 10, 25, 50 and 100 were issued by the Seychelles Monetary Authority. Latter in 2011, major changes were brought in the notes of the Seychelles, this enhanced the security and visual side of the notes.

10. Seychelles remained largely uninhabited till 17th century

The French claimed the possession of the islands in 1756, as French officials had sent their officers to take notice of the pirates. Later British attempted to take a hold of the islands. However, after the Napoleonic wars, through the Treaty of Paris 1814, the islands were ceded to the Britain. Until 1903, it was governed from Mauritius.

Later in 1976, the island gained independence, as the parliament under the British administration declared independence. A new constitution was made in 1976 and after that it became Republic of Seychelles.

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