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The Matah, Soobalah, Hypolite and Ismael families of Peros Banhos On 19th February 1921 a group of Chagossians gathered to witness the birth of Marie Bernadette Matah, the daughter of Joseph alias Xavier Matah and Rookmee Soobalah alias Marie Perci … Continue reading
Paul Lemiere is one of the heirs of Joseph Hippolyte Le Miere, the jouissance holder and later the rightful owner of virtually all of the outer islands of Chagos according to a contract signed by a former Governor of Mauritius, … Continue reading
The Sir Jules was a 711 ton ship employed mainly in the transportation of copra from Chagos and Agalega to Mauritius. A sketch of it is reproduced below: Sir Jules A “popular Creole folk song” or sega about the ‘Sir Jules’, … Continue reading
Charles Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle not only led him to visit a number of Indian Ocean islands but helped to sustain a life-long interest in the more unusual flora and fauna of the far-flung coral atolls. He was particularly … Continue reading
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