The Most Remote place on Earth
Tristan da Cunha, the Loneliest Island on Earth
When Napoleon was sent to St. Helena by the British, they annexed the closest chain of islands to prevent the French from attempting to rescue him. After all, who wouldn’t travel a mere 2430 km over rough and hostile seas in order to rescue the Emperor himself? Yes, that’s right, the islands of Tristan Da Cunha closest neighboring land mass, the island of St. Helena, is 2430 km away.
The island has a convenience store, a radio station (broadcasting the WORLD Service four days a week), a cafe, a video shop and a swimming pool. Tristan is now connected to the world by one telephone and a fax machine in the Administrator’s office, and is visited once a year by the only mail ship in the WORLD, the RMS St. Helena. This ship brings not only mail, but canned food, videos, books and magazines, medical items, and the occasional visitor. Mail is not delivered, but names are read out at the Post Office, and is collected by the recipient on the spot.
The island is so small that cartographers can’t even put it on their maps (not enough resolution). Located in the South Atlantic between Africa and South America, this volcanic outcropping has the honor of being the remotest inhabited island on the planet, and that’s including Antarctica and the North Pole.
Conquered by the British 1816
Language: English, Population – barely 300 people.
Northern rock-hopper penguin, made popular by “Surf’s Up” animated movie – 90% of the world population breed on Tristan: