Saturday, March 05, 2016

Where in the world is Mayotte?

(I would love to have our regular readers in France and Reunion share their thoughts.)

A couple of days ago, I noticed someone from Mayotte visiting this blog, looking for information on the W126 sedan. Mayotte? Mayotte! I've never heard of it.

Mayotte is between Madagascar and mainland Africa. It is a part of the Comoros archipelago but its people opted to be a part of France. Recently, it became a French department.

Here is a great piece about the island from France 24. The English version of the video is here.

That France, or any country, can have such a faraway possession is mind boggling. I did a Wiki search and came upon this.

French overseas departments:
  • French Guiana
  • Guadeloupe
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Reunion
French overseas collectivities:
  • French Polynesia 
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Barthelemy
Special collectivity:
  • French Caledonia
Overseas territories:
  • French Southern and Antarctic Lands
Minor territories:
  • Clipperton Island

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