The Comoros islands, fought over by Arab sultans since the 15th century, became a French colony in 1841 and an Overseas Territory of France in 1946. When three of the islands: Ngazidja, Mwali, and Nzwani, gained their independence to become the Federal Islamic Republic of the Comoro Islands in 1975, the fourth major island of the archipelago, Mayotte, voted to remain French with the status of "Territorial Collectivity" that was changed to "Departmental Collectivity" following a referendum in 2000.
The island's economy depends on generous French subsidies, agriculture and fishing for shrimp and lobster. Its exports are Ylang-ylang, vanilla, coffee, cinamon and copra. The standard of living is high and so are the prices.
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The rocky peninsula of Dzaoudzi, once the capital of Mayotte, is now a French Foreign Legion base.
This is the airport on Pamandzi island that is connected to Dzaoudzi island by a causeway..
The airport control tower.
On this panorama, taken from the airport on Pamandzi island, you can see the mountains of the main island "Grande Terre" on the other side of the lagoon, where the present capital, Mamoudzou is located. The high cost of accomodations in Mayotte (60 US and up), having tempered my curiosity, I continued on my way to Réunion.