History of The Nicobar Islands

Historians believe that The Nicobar Islands have been inhabited for as long as thousands of years.

However, it was only in the mid 1700s that they were colonized by the Western world, under the administration of the Danish East India Company.

Due to problems with malaria outbreaks, however, the islands were abandoned from time to time by the colonizers and by 1848, they were left for good.

It was not till 1868, however, when the Danish government formally gave up its claims to The Nicobar Islands. At this point in time, they sold their rights to the islands to Britain, making The Nicobar Islands part of British India.

From 1942 to 1945, the Japanese occupied the islands.

Five years later, in 1950, the Union Territory was formed to include the Andaman Islands.

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