Cocos (Keeling) Islands

  • Type: Archipelago

There are 27 coral islands in the group. Captain William KEELING discovered the islands in 1609, but they remained uninhabited until the 19th century. From the 1820s to 1978, members of the CLUNIE-ROSS family controlled the islands and the copra produced from local coconuts. Annexed by the UK in 1857, the Cocos Islands were transferred to the Australian Government in 1955. The population on the two inhabited islands generally is split between the ethnic Europeans on West Island and the ethnic Malays on Home Island. - The World Factbook



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1836/04/01 HMS BEAGLE under Captain Robert FitzRoy arrives at the Keeling Islands during a survey expedition.
1836/04/04 Charles Darwin Life On the Keeling Islands, 600 miles west of Sumatra, Charles Darwin wades out into the emerald waters to the edge a a live reef. Darwin will later published a monograph, The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs.

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Southeastern Asia, group of islands in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Indonesia, about halfway between Australia and Sri Lanka - The World Factbook

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Commerce Copra Trade

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