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Early settlers

History of the Maldives reached our age as folk tales and legends. It is believed that the
Islanders of Giraavaru were those who had authority over Male Atoll. Male’ (presently the
Capital of Maldives) was used for cutting and processing the fish that the Giraavaru people
caught.
The legend goes to state that a Srilankan family after obtaining permission from the
Giraavaru Village settled in Male. Afterwards when descendants from India and Sri Lanka
settled in the Maldives, out numbering the Giraavaru Islanders, the father of the family
Koimala became King of Maldives.
Because of the Geographical Location, Maldives lay on the trade routes which best suited as
a transit (or stop-over) for traders from Arabia, China and India. Maldivians traded coconut
and dried fish and not to mention “precious” cowry shell, a small white shell found on the
beach that was used as currency in the Indian Ocean region. Norway and West Africa too had
trade relationship with the Maldives.
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Conversion to Islam

In the 14th Century when Islam was wide spreading in Asia, a Muslim lead delegation
reached Maldives. The delegation was head by a Morroccan  by the name Abul Barakaath
Yousuf Al Barbary.

This was during a time when the people of Maldives lived in fear of the then notorious king
and his royal Army. Killing, raping, torture and other inhuman crimes by the people of
authority reached a point it had never reached before.

Abul Barakaath Yousuf Albarbary and his delegate were welcomed by the Maldivians with
open arms. It is said that the majority of Maldivians residing in Male accepted Islam right then
even before he confronted the king.

After the king was defeated by Abdul Barakaath Yousuf Albarbary, he too converted to Islam.

The British Protectorate

After the British Government promised Maldives, Military protection and that it would not
interfere with local ruling of the country in exchange for an annual tax paid by the Maldives, the
Sultan of the Maldives signed an agreement with the British Governor of Ceylon turning the
Maldives into a Protectorate of the British.

Addu Atoll, the southernmost atoll of the Maldives was converted into a Military Base of the
British in 1957. When it was too expensive to maintain, the British decided to give up the
base after 19 years.

Independence

The Maldives gained independence on July 26, 1965.
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