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Atlas of the Chagos Islands

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Chagos Archipelago
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Chagos Archipelago

English Chagos Archipelago - British Indian Ocean Territory

The Chagos Archipelago lies roughly in the middle of the Indian Ocean, halfway between Africa and Indonesia, and 1,500 kilometres (930 mi) south of India, near the ► Seychelles and the ► Maldives. It is governed as the British Indian Ocean Territory, but Britain's ownership is disputed by its former inhabitants and by ► Mauritius. The territory comprises the six atolls of the Chagos Archipelago with over 1,000 individual islands. The largest island is Diego Garcia, the site of a joint military facility of the United Kingdom and the ► United States. The native Ilois now live in ► Mauritius, which claims the islands as a sovereign territory.


Short name Chagos Archipelago
Official name British Indian Ocean Territory
Status British overseas territory, British since 1815
Location Indian Ocean
Capital Diego Garcia
Population 3,500 (native), none of which are resident inhabitants
Area 60 km²
Major language(s) English (de facto), Kreol Ilois (national)
Major religion(s) Christianity
More information Chagos Archipelago, Geography of the Chagos Archipelago, History of the Chagos Archipelago and Politics of the Chagos Archipelago
More images Chagos Archipelago - Chagos Archipelago (Category).

General maps

Orthographic projection over Diego Garcia.png Orthographic projection
Biot-map.png Map of the British Indian Ocean Territory
CIA-DG-BIOT.jpg Map of Diego Garcia

History maps

This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day the British Indian Ocean Territory, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day the British Indian Ocean Territory.

The United Kingdom established the British Indian Ocean Territory in 1965 out of the Chagos Islands, part of Mauritius, and parts of the Seychelles. The former parts of the Seychelles are returned to Seychelles in 1976. The territory doesn't have self-government.

Satellite maps

Diegogarcia.jpg Overhead view of Diego Garcia, looking south

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