Happy independence day Seychelles

The Seychelles became independent on 29 June 1976 from the UK.

Things that you may not know about Seychelles:

– The Seychelles was uninhabited until around 1770 when French settlers began to arrive with enslaved African people. Before that, pirates had used the islands as bases and stopover points.
– Today, Seychellois are referred to as having a melting pot of cultures, ranging from all over the world particularly Europe, Africa, and India.
– French and English are official languages along with Seychellois Creole.
– Since its independence from Britain in 1976, there have been three different flags. It wasn’t until 1996 that the current national flag was used.
– Seychelles’ capital city, Victoria, is one of the smallest in the world.
– The Seychelles is the least populated country of the African continent and is one of the most prosperous and rich countries in Africa.
– The inner islands of the Seychelles are considered to be the world’s oldest granite islands in the middle of the ocean.
– Bird Island is home to the heaviest land tortoise living in the wild, Esmeralda, weighing over 300 kg.
– The Seychelles has some of the rarest endemic birds, including bare-legged Scops owl, which is so rare that it was once thought to have become extinct before being rediscovered in 1959.
– Breadfruit is very popular on the Seychelles and can be eaten in a variety of ways from fried to boiled. Legend has it that anyone who eats it while on the islands will return someday.
– Coconuts, cinnamon, sweet potatoes and exotic fruits are the main agricultural products in the Seychelles.
– The coco de mer, native to the islands, is the largest nut in the world. It is thought to weigh up to 20 kg and is from the Coco de Mer palms.
– Music and dance have always played prominent roles in Seychelles culture and local festivities. Rooted in African, Malagasy and European cultures. The lively Sega dance is still popular; as is the traditional Moutya, a mysterious dance dating back to the days of slavery, when it was often used to express strong emotions and discontent.

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