The Republic of Maldives is an island nation consisting of a group of atolls in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives are located south of ► India's Lakshadweep islands, and about seven hundred kilometers (435 mi) south-west of ► Sri Lanka. To the west the ► Seychelles and the ► British Indian Ocean Territory are located. The twenty-six atolls encompass a territory featuring 1,192 islets, roughly two hundred of which are inhabited by people.
This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day Maldives, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day Maldives.
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