The Laccadives and Maldives are groups of small coral islands, situated along the 73rd meridian, at no great distance from the Indian peninsula, on which they have a political dependency.
From the nearest point of the Maldives, and i io m.
Gardiner, "Formation of the Maldives," in Geographical Journ.
The population of the Maldives is estimated at 30,000.
Stanley Gardiner and C. Forster Cooper carried out an expedition to the Maldives and Laccadives, for the important results of which see The Fauna and Geography of the Maldive and Laccadive Archipelagoes, ed.
I (1900), and the Geographical Journ., loc. cit., &c. A French adventurer, Francois Pyrard de la Val, was wrecked in the Maldives in 1602 and detained there five years; he wrote an interesting account of the archipelago, Voyage de F.
Agassiz, "An Expedition to the Maldives"_in Amer.
In August 1344 he left the Maldives for Ceylon; here he made the pilgrimage to the "Footmark of our Father Adam."
After once more visiting Malabar, Canara and the Maldives, he departed for Bengal, a voyage of forty-three days, landing at Sadkawan (Chittagong).
The exports are almost confined to rice, which is sent to Ceylon, the Maldives and Mauritius.
Maldives and Laccadives, ii, suppl.