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British Indian Ocean Territory


British Indian Ocean Territory, British dependency in the Indian Ocean, about 1,180 mi (1,900 km) northeast of Mauritius. Consisting of the Chagos Archipelago Island group, it covers a land area of about 30 sq mi (78 sq km) and has a population of about 2,500 people. The United States maintains a naval base on the main island, Diego Garcia.

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