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The Comoros were conquered by the Arabs in 982 and later,
in 1505, visited by the Portuguese.
The archipelago was by then divided in several Sultanates.
In 1896, Mayotte and the three Protectorates
and Grand Comore) were incorporated into
Madagascar. From 6 July 1897 to 9 April
1908, the four islands constituted the Colony of Mayotte and
Dependencies, first administrated directly from Paris, then by a Governor, and
finally reincorporated into Madagascar. On 23 February 1914, Mayotte and
the three other islands constituted a subdivision of Madagascar. On 4 July
1914, the Comoros were incorprated into Madagascar without any specific
status. On 1 January 1947, the Comoros became a Territory, which was
transformed on 11 December 1958 in an Overseas Territory (TOM).
Autonomy was granted in 1961 and extended by law of 3 January
Ivan Sache, 20 Apr 2002, based on [clv02]