The volcanic Comoros islands are fringed with mangrove swamps. They lie on the northern end of the Mozambique Channel, where the Indian Ocean separates Madagascar from the African mainland. From the 1400s to the 1800s, the islands were controlled by Muslim sultans. The French invaded in 1843, and by 1886, owned the four main islands – Mayotte, Anjouan, Grande Comore, and Moheli. The latter three voted for independence and became Comoros in 1974, and the islands’ names were changed to Nzwani, Njazidja, and Mwali. Mayotte opted for continued French rule.
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