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The Maldivian archipelago took to Islam in the 12th century and consolidated as a sultanate, developing strong commercial and cultural ties with Asia and Africa.From the mid 16th-century, the region came under the increasing influence of European colonial powers, with the Maldives becoming a British protectorate in 1887.The Maldives was a Commonwealth republic from July 1982 until its withdrawal from the Commonwealth in October 2016 in protest of international criticism of its records in relation to corruption and human rights.first published in 1563 as follows: "I must tell you that I have heard it said that the natives do not call it Maldiva but Nalediva.It is also a member of the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Non Aligned Movement.The World Bank classifies the Maldives as having an upper middle income economy.

Sign up today to browse the FREE personal ads of available Shaviyani singles, and hook up online using our completely free Shaviyani online dating service! A strong underlying layer of Dravidian population and culture survives in Maldivian society, with a clear Tamil-Malayalam substratum in the language, which also appears in place names, kinship terms, poetry, dance, and religious beliefs.Malabari seafaring culture led to the settlement of the Islands by Malayali seafarers.Malé is the capital and most populated city, traditionally called the "King's Island" for its central location.The Maldives archipelago is located atop the Chagos-Maldives-Laccadive Ridge, a vast submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean, which also forms a terrestrial ecoregion, together with the Chagos and the Lakshadweep.

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