Mayotte Island at a Glance
|Location:||Southern Indian Ocean, island in the Mozambique Channel, about half way between northern Madagascar and northern Mozambique|
|Climate:||tropical; marine; hot, humid, rainy season during northeastern monsoon (November to May); dry season is cooler (May to November)|
|Terrain:||generally undulating, with deep ravines and ancient volcanic peaks|
|Hazards:||cyclones during rainy season|
|Population:||223,765 (July 2009 est.)|
A Brief Profile of Mayotte Island
Mayotte was ceded to France along with the other islands of the Comoros group in 1843. It was the only island in the archipelago that voted in 1974 to retain its link with France and forego independence.