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Context of 'November 8, 1965: Several Islands Separated from Mauritius, Made into New British Colony'

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The French colony of Mauritius, which includes the Chagos Archipelago, is ceded to Britain as part of the Treaty of Paris. (Gifford 5/27/2004)

British Secretary of State for the Colonies Anthony Greenwood travels to Mauritius to negotiate terms of independence for Mauritius. He says Britain expects to retain the Chagos Archipelago when Mauritius becomes independent. (Sunday Times (London) 9/21/1975)

Britain issues an Order in Council (SI 1965/1920) separating the Chagos Archipelago, Aldabra, Farquhar and Desroches from Mauritius and making them into a new colony, the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). (BBC 11/3/2000; British Royal Courts of Justice 10/9/2003) Britain pays the Seychelles and Mauritius three million pounds for their “loss of sovereignty” over the islands. (Sunday Times (London) 9/21/1975)


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