The Seychelles Islands were first seen by Arab traders around 850 AD and later visited by Portuguese traders with Vasco da Gama around 1502. In 1742 the French captain Lazare Picault finally discovered the Seychelles. The first settlements were established in the Seychelles around 1770, when the islands were then settled by the French. The first permanent settlers came from France, Africa and India.
From the beginning, the Seychelles have been a melting pot of different ethnicities, religions and traditions, which today lives on in the "Creole spirit". The Seychelles
remained a French territory until it was later ceded to Great Britain under the Treaty of Paris in 1814. In 1903, the Seychelles were granted the status of a British Crown. Seychelles remained part of the British Empire until 1976, when it gained independence. Seychelles remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.