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St. Helena, one of the most isolated inhabited islands in the
world, is a British dependency in the South Atlantic. Its capital is Jamestown.
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Discovered by Portuguese navigator, Joao de Nova, in 1502, St. Helena
became a fortress of the English East India Company, in 1659; for vessels on the newly
opened trade routes.
Charles II declared that the island should always be a part of
England, in 1673, and.... 'that its subjects and their children should be regarded as if
they had been abiding and born within this our realme of England'.
After the Battle of Waterloo, Napoleon was exiled on this volcanic
rock until his death in 1821.
The St. Helena's Coat of Arms has the motto: Loyal and Unshakeable,
and the banknotes still proclaim the authority of the Queen and Parliament of England.
Although the islanders are a fusion of former African and Indian
slaves, Chinese and Malay labourers, Boer prisoners, and homeless Londoners from the Great
Fire of 1966, the St. Helenians feel themselves British and helped the task force along to
the Falklands in 1982.
5,500 Britons live on the isolated island, although they sometimes
feel forgotten by the motherland.
The island can not support itself, so the British Government helps
bail out the British Overseas Territories (Anguilla,
Montserrat, Pitcairn, St Helena, Tristan de Cunha
and The Turks and Caicos Islands) to a tune of
�25 million a year; �13 million of that going to St Helena.
St Helena also receives EU aid to help improve access to the island
and promote economic development.
Saint Helena Government.
The Overseas Territory of St Helena is one of the most remote
inhabited islands in the world and can currently only be reached by sea.
Until there is an airport on St. Helena, Cape
Town is five days away by ship and Ascension Island is a little under half the
RMS St Helena:
The Royal Mail Ship calls at St Helena, Ascension Island, Walvis Bay, Cape Town and
returns to the UK (Portland) twice a year. Packages can be adapted to anywhere from 3-34
You'll probably need to plan well in advance.
St Helena Tourism:
St Helena has a wide variety of fascinating locations. Jamestown, the islands
capital, can keep you occupied for much of the day. Venture further afield and you will
discover the many reasons why St Helena was such an important location for so many years.
St Helena Yacht Club:
The only yacht club in the South Atlantic Ocean.
The planned airport, with a 2,250m runway, which was to be established
near the eastern coast - at Prosperous Bay Plain - was put on hold, in December 2008.
On 22 July 2010, the Secretary of State for International Development,
Andrew Mitchell, confirmed DFIDs willingness to finance an airport for St Helena if
In November 2011, it was announced that Basil Read had entered into a
Design, Build and Operate (DBO) contract with the St. Helena Government.
St Helena Access Project:
Keep up to date with news on the airport's progress.
Saint Helena's community radio station.
St Helena Independent:
The Independent is available every Friday morning for free download and printing to users
outside of St Helena. The web edition will become available every Monday after publication
to internet users with a local IP address, originating in St Helena.
The St. Helena Institute was founded in 1997, to co-ordinate and undertake research into
the Island of St. Helena and its dependencies, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha.
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