Maldives History

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  • .. that Archaeological finds indicate that the Maldives was inhabited as early as 1500 BC
  • .. that King Koimala (1117 - 1141) became the first king to rule over the whole of Maldives after reclaiming the northern atolls from the Indian invaders.
  • .. In 1573 Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al-Azam and his two brothers organized a popular revolt and drove the Portuguese out of Maldives.
  • .. In 1977 Russians offered US$1 million to Maldives for use of Gan base by their fishing fleet. President Nasir calls the only cabinet meeting held between the end of March 1977 and November 1978. At that meeting, the Russian offer got rejected.

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The Suvadive parliament. They declared independence on January 3rd 1959, capitulated, rejoining the rest of the nation on September 23, 1963.