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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A chain of several hundred tiny coral islands in the Indian Ocean stretching 550 m. southward from a point 300 m. SW. of Cape Comorin, 200 of which are inhabited; Malé is the residence of the sultan, who is a tributary of the governor of Ceylon; the natives are akin to the Singhalese, and occupy themselves gathering cowries, cocoa-nuts, and tortoise-shell for exportation.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Maldive Islands'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/m/maldive-islands.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.