Place:Saint Helena


NameSaint Helena
Alt namesSaint Helena and Dependenciessource: Britannica Book of the Year (1992) p 534
Sainte-Hélènesource: Cassell's French Dictionary (1981) p 665
Sankt Helenasource: Cassell's German Dictionary (1982) p 508
Sant'Elenasource: Cassell's Italian Dictionary (1983) p 767
Santa Helenasource: Rand McNally Atlas (1994) p 320
Sint Helenasource: Engels Woordenboek (1987) I, 623
St. Helenasource: BHA, Authority file (2003-)
TypeDependent state
Coordinates15.95°S 5.7°W
Contained Places
Ascension ( 1922 - )
Tristan da Cunha ( 1938 - )
Inhabited place
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Saint Helena, named after Saint Helena of Constantinople, is an island of volcanic origin in the South Atlantic Ocean. It is part of the British Overseas Territory of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, which also includes the Ascension Island and the islands of Tristan da Cunha. Saint Helena measures about and has a population of 4,255 (2008 census).

The island was uninhabited when discovered by the Portuguese in 1502. One of the most isolated islands in the world, it was for centuries an important stopover for ships sailing to Europe from Asia and South Africa. The British also used the island as a place of exile, most notably for Napoleon I, Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo and more than 5,000 Boer prisoners. Saint Helena is Britain's second oldest remaining colony (now termed overseas territory), after Bermuda.


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