French Colonial period began with Mayotte in 1841, Grande Comore and
in 1886. Attached to Madagascar in 1914, becoming a French Overseas
in 1946. In 1975 all but Mayotte declared unilateral independence.
is recorded from c1872 from the Comoros, and Nossi Bé sent mail
by British steamer to Zanzibar and from 1880 a French sea link existed
from Mayotte to Réunion. From 1880 the French Messageries
shipping line ran a link between Mauritius and Mozambique via
and Comoro ports.