Britain fights Mauritius over Chagos, its last African colony — Quartz Africa


Most look back to the period between the 1940s and 1970s as the epoch of battles for statehood, self-determination and decolonization. Yet in 2018, the African island nation of Mauritius and Britain are embroiled in a modern day struggle for sovereignty over the Chagos Islands—the last remaining African colony of the old British Empire.

Chagos is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean south of the Maldives. The sovereignty of Chagos is disputed between the Britain and Mauritius. The British excised the archipelago from Mauritian territory three years ahead of Mauritius’ independence.

This meant that whilst Mauritius obtained independence in 1968, the islands remained under British control. The Chagos had been part of Mauritius and home to Chagossians before the entire population of

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