Friday, December 16, 2011

History of the Maldives

The population of the Republic of Maldives is about 300,000 Sunni Muslims. Their lineage can be traced back to ancient Aryan immigrants from the subcontinent of India. Maldivians speak their own unique language called ‘Dhivehi’. It is a complex language which has evolved from ancient Sanskrit and Arabic language. This is the mother tongue of Maldivians. Dhivehi is spoken exclusively by Maldivians. 

The country was invaded by the Portuguese and ruled by them for about 15 years and after that the country has been a British protectorate since 1887, and in 1965 Maldives was finally a liberated country. Every year, on the 26th of July Maldives celebrates her independence.

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