Atlas of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
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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.|
This section holds copies of original general maps more than 70 years old.
|Map from the Scottish Geographical Magazine, 1889|
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