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French period of Seychelles history is the subject of lectures for Culture Department’s senior staff

French period of Seychelles history is the subject of lectures for Culture Department’s senior staff ( The Seychelles, though a young nation, has a rich and interesting past including a remarkable Franco-Seychellois historical and maritime heritage. The French period of Seychelles encompasses 69 years, extending from 1742 with the arrival of Lazare Picault, to 1811 when Seychelles went under British administration.

French Historian and expert on this era, Mr. Richard Touboul, has hosted a three-day workshop for staff of the Seychelles Culture Department to enhance their knowledge on this period.

The course covered this period around different themes including ancient cartography; discovery; possession of the islands; explorations; and maritime routes; the first settlements; the building of Victoria, the capital city, which was then called “Etablissement du Roy;” the Seychelles in relations to the 1789 French revolution; the history of the “Jacobins” and their exile to Seychelles; the capitulations of Queau de Quinssy; the Seychelles’ last French Commandant; and the Treaty of Paris which placed Seychelles under the British administration.

Mr. Touboul used a wide range of material to showcase aspects of the French possession of the islands. These included a rich iconography consisting essentially of digitalized original documents of the epoch such as diaries, travel journals, correspondences, maps and plans, and portraits of illustrious characters relating to this period presented in a slide show.

Participants described the workshop as very informative especially as Mr. Touboul also enlightened the group on some issues such as on the district where Lazare Picault actually landed and also about the real content of the acclaimed “Jardin du Roy” Spice Garden.

All workshop participants will be awarded a certificate later during the year. Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, said that he was thankful to Mr. Richard Touboul for making time to assist the Ministry through staff lectures. “We needed to better equip our staff so that they themselves are in a better place as staff of the Ministry of Culture to talk about our country’s history. The same training will be undertaken by marketing staff of the Seychelles Tourism Board and the Seychelles Tourism Academ,y” Minister St.Ange said.

PHOTO: Workshop Facilitator, Mr. Richard Touboul / Photo from Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture


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