The Glorioso Islands or Glorieuses are a group of French islands, which covers an area of 5 sq. km. It extends to 11° 33’ S latitude and 47° 20’ E longitude. Stretching in the northern Mozambique Channel, it is 160 km to the northwest of Madagascar. The comparative area of the Glorioso Islands can be about eight times the size of The Mall in Washington D.C. The islands are surrounded by an extensive reef system. The natural resources include guano and coconuts.
In 1880, a Frenchman named Hippolyte Caltaux founded the Glorioso Islands. He made his plantation of coconut and maize when he discovered the island. The French possessed it in the year 1892. Since it is close to Madagascar, it claims to dominate the land.
As it extends its coastline to 35.2 km, its climate is tropical with a low and flat terrain. Since it is an island, the land is a sandy one and is lush green vegetated and has more of coconut plantations.