the "seychelles" are an independent country, consisting of about 150 islands. it is located in the indian ocean, 1500 km east of africa. the main island is mahe, with the capital city victoria. seychelles was first under french control, yet from 1814 onwards a british colony; it gained independence in 1976. its population includes many africans, former slaves. thus creolian is one of the three languages spoken.
the islands abound
with impressive landscapes, beautiful plants,
colourful birds, and peaceful beaches. many buildings
from the colonial period have survived, especially
english ones. quite a few artists create distinctive
paintings and sculptures, on mahe and on prislin
island. alltogether, seychelles is a multi-cultural