Alphonse is 250 miles southwest of Mahe in the Amirantes Group (twenty-four islands). It is a sandy, low-lying coral atoll covering about half a square mile, covered with palm trees and surrounding a circular lagoon. The island was named by the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama at the end of the 15th century. There are many shipwrecks on its reefs.
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