Maldives: History

  1. Early 1800s

    The Maldives Islands become a protectorate of the Dutch. 

  2. 1887

    The Islands becomes a self-governing British protectorate.

  3. 1953

    Maldives becomes a republic under the Commonwealth.

  4. 1965

    Maldives becomes independent as a sultanate outside the Commonwealth.

  5. 1968

    Republic is reinstated and the sultan is deposed. 

  6. 1982

    The Maldives rejoin the British Commonwealth.

  7. 1980s

    Growth in tourism fuels economic growth.

  8. 2004

    After a Tsunami hit many Islands in the Maldives, the government states that the national disaster has set development work back by 20 years.


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