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Maritime Heritage of Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands

B. Arunachalam (Author)

The book studies the maritime heritage of Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands. They are all small coral islands that lie about 250 – 300 kms west of the coast of Kerala. Only ten of the islands are peopled since the mediaeval ages. Because of their insularity, the islands retain most of their age – old traditions and boat forms. The islands are surrounded by shallow lagoons and reef edges. They are covered extensively by palm trees. The southernmost island of Minicoy is separated from other islands. The boats are small and of limited draught because of the shallow depths of the lagoons.

The people of these islands are good seamen and have links with both the coasts of India. Their heritage is predominantly local, though some are borrowed from the mainland. This managed to keep the Siddi and the European trading powers at bay for about 150 years.

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About the author

B. Arunachalam

Prof. B. Arunachalam, former Head of the Department of Geography, University of Mumbai is presently the Academic Adviser of the Maritime History Society. He is a researcher of long standing with many publications and research based books and monographys. As a teacher of Geography he has specialised in geomorphology, mathematical cartography and Indian nautical traditions. He has already written eight books for the Society, mostly on Indian navigational techniques and technology. The present book is the ninth.

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Bibliographic information

Title Maritime Heritage of Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2011
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788190810838
length xi+173p., Illustrations; Colour; Maps; 25cm.