Atlas of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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Cocos (Keeling) Islands

English Cocos (Keeling) Islands - Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

The Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands is a territory of Australia. There are two atolls and twenty-seven coral islands in the group. The islands are located in the Indian Ocean, south of ► Indonesia, about one-half of the way from Australia to ► Sri Lanka, at 12°07′S 96°54′E.

Cocos Malay Kepulauan Cocos (Keeling)

Short name Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Official name Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Status ► Australian territory since 1956
Location Indian Ocean
Capital West Island
Population 628 inhabitants
Area 14 km²
Major language(s) English (official) and Cocos Malay
Major religion(s) Islam
More information Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Geography of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, History of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Politics of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
More images Cocos (Keeling) Islands - Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Category).

General maps

Cocos (Keeling) Islands-CIA WFB Map.png Map of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

History maps

This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

In 1826 a British settlement is founded at Cocos Island, since 1831 the islands are controlled by the family of Clunies-Ross. The Cocos Islands are considered a Dutch posession, but in 1857 Britain formally annexes the islands. The islands become part of Ceylon in 1878, the Straits Settlements in 1886, Ceylon in 1942, Singapore in 1946 and Australia in 1955. All that time the islands are ruled by the Clunies-Ross familie. After heavy protest in the decolonization committee of the United Nations, John Cecil Clunies-Ross relinquishes his authority in 1978 and Cocos Islands are from that moment on ruled as part of Australia.

Old maps

This section holds copies of original general maps older than 70 years of this entry.

Cocos Islands 1889.jpg Map from the Scottish Geographical Magazine, 1889

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