British Indian Ocean Territory
(BIOT) lies about 1770 km east of the Seychelles. The
islands have a land area of only 60 sq
km and 698 km of coastline.
Diego Garcia, the largest and most southerly island, is 44 sq km. The
climate is hot, humid and moderated by trade winds. The terrain is flat
and low and most areas do not exceed two metres above sea level.
The Chagos islands
were first discovered, uninhabited, in the 16th century. The French
assumed sovereignty in the late 18th century and began to exploit them
for copra, originally employing slave labour. Under the treaty of Paris
in 1814, France ceded to Britain Mauritius and its dependencies, which
comprised Seychelles and the Chagos Archipelago. The Chagos islands
were detached to become part of the British Indian Ocean Territory in
1965. Diego Garcia has
approx. 3,000 inhabitants, mainly UK and US military personnel and
civilians, and Filipino and Mauritian civilians.
Office is managed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British
Government and is operated on its behalf by Sure (Diego Garcia)
Limited. The Post Office provides outbound postal services from the
island of Diego Garcia. Incoming mail is handled by both the US Postal
Service and the British Forces Post Office.[R2]
Official stamps of British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) related to Paleontology: Charles Darwin
23.07.2007 "125th Anniversary of the death of Charles Darwin"
References: [R1] More information about BIOT is on WikipediaWikiTravelFlag Country [R2] More information about postal history of BIOT is here
Links to Belgium's post authority and stamps catalog websites are here