The Comoro Islands are a group of islands in the Mozambique Channel midway between Madagascar and the African continent. The four major islands are Njazidja (Grande Comore), Mwali (Mohéli), Nzwani (Anjouan), and Mahoré (Mayotte). France acquired control over the islands one by one over a long period between 1841 and 1909, and the islands became a French colony officially in 1912. Independence was planned for 1978, but in 1975 the Comorian parliament declared independence unilaterally. Deputies from Mayotte abstained, however, and Mayotte has remained part of the French community, now as an overseas department. The other three islands comprise the Union of the Comoros.
The country has three ports: Moroni on Grande Comore, Fomboni on Mohéli, and Mutsamudu on Anjouan. It appears that each port has its own port authority, which is presumably responsible for navigational aids on its island.
Lighthouses of Mayotte are listed on a separate page.
ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volume D of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 112.
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Adjoining pages: East: Mayotte | West: Mozambique
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Posted October 30, 2005. Checked and revised June 30, 2013. Lighthouses: 2. Site copyright 2013 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.