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Coordinates: 12°50′35″S 45°08′18″E -12.84306, 45.13833


Mayotte (French Mayotte, pronounced Shimaore (Swahili dialect) Maore, Malagasy Mahori), officially the Departmental Collectivity of Mayotte (French Collectivit dpartementale de Mayotte), is an overseas collectivity of France consisting of a main island, Grande-Terre (or Mahor), a smaller island, Petite-Terre (or Pamanzi), and several islets around these two.Mayotte is in the northern Mozambique Channel in the Indian Ocean, between northern Madagascar and northern Mozambique. The territory is geographically part of the Comoro Islands, but has been politically separate since the 1970s. The territory is also known as Mahor, the native name of its main island, especially by advocates of its inclusion in the Union of Comoros.A referendum on becoming an overseas department of France in 2011 was held on 29 March 2009. The outcome was a 95.5 per cent vote in favour of changing the island's status from a French "overseas community" to become France's 101st dpartement.[1]


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