1573, Mohammed Thakurufaanu, the greatest Maldivian
hero, led a band of men into Male’ harbour and, in the
pitch darkness of the night, searched for and slaughtered
1782, the Malabars from the East Coast of India attacked
the Maldives, destroying the palace and driving the
Sultan into exile.
rule was short-lived: within months the people became
resistant and a group led by Ghaazee Hassan Izzuddeen
fought against the enemy forces and defeated them.
1887, the Maldives became a British protectorate. However,
the British never interfered with the internal politics
of the country, and in 1965 the country became a fully
independent state. In 1968 a Republic was declared.