299. What are the Chagos Islands? (English Vocabulary Lesson)

Thinking in English

Jun 3 2024 • 25 mins

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You might not have heard about the Chagos Islands, but I think it is a story everyone should know.

It is a story that involves colonialism, the construction of a secretive military base, and the entire population of the islands being forcibly removed from their homes and kicked out of their islands by the UK government.

Hopefully you’ll learn something new today!

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  • Archipelago (Noun): A group or chain of islands.
  • Dependency (Noun): A territory controlled or governed by another country.
  • Strategic (Adjective): Important or crucial for achieving a specific purpose.
  • Indigenous (Adjective): Originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native.
  • To evict (Verb): To force someone to leave a property or land, typically by legal means.
  • Sovereignty (Noun): The authority of a state to govern itself and make decisions within its territory.
  • Resettlement (Noun): The process of moving people to a new place to live.
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