It has been described as “the most flora and fauna essay-looking place on Earth. Zhukov, a member of the Russian Complex Expedition in 2008. 1st-century AD Greek navigation aid.
3rd century AD, indicate the diverse origins of those who used Socotra as a trading base in antiquity. Socotra Karst Project investigated a cave on the island Socotra. There, they came across a large number of inscriptions, drawings and archaeological objects. Further investigation showed that these had been left by sailors who visited the island between the 1st century BC and the 6th century AD. Marco Polo did not pass anywhere near the island but recorded a report that “the inhabitants are baptised Christians and have an ‘archbishop'” who, it is further explained, “has nothing to do with the Pope in Rome, but is subject to an archbishop who lives at Baghdad. Suq and captured the port after a stiff battle. However, the infertility of the land led to famine and sickness in the garrison.
Thus the Portuguese abandoned the island four years later, as it was not advantageous as a base. 1511, and its inhabitants were Islamized during their rule. Christian tribes living in the interior of Socotra during a five-week stopover on the island. He reported in a letter home that the tribesmen, “due to lack of missionaries, had only retained a faint knowledge of Christianity.
Mahra sultan of Qishn and Socotra, who resided at Qishn on the mainland, would accept an offer to sell the island, stationed a garrison on Socotra. However, faced with the unexpected firm refusal of the sultan to sell, as well as the lack of good anchorages for a coaling station to be used by the new steamship line being put into service on the Suez-Bombay route, the British left in 1835. After the capture of Aden in 1839, the British lost all interest in acquiring Socotra. In January 1876, in exchange for a payment of 3000 thalers and a yearly subsidy, the sultan pledged “himself, his heirs and successors, never to cede, to sell, to mortgage, or otherwise give for occupation, save to the British Government, the Island of Socotra or any of its dependencies.