Place:Saint Helena

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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
Dependency
Ascension ( 1922 - )
Tristan da Cunha ( 1938 - )
Inhabited place
Jamestown
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source: Family History Library Catalog


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Saint Helena is a volcanic tropical island in the South Atlantic Ocean, east of Rio de Janeiro and 1,950 kilometres (1,210 mi) west of the mouth of the Cunene River, which marks the border between Namibia and Angola in southwestern Africa. It is part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. Saint Helena measures about 16 by 8 kilometres (10 by 5 mi) and has a population of 4,534 (2016 census). It was named after Saint Helena of Constantinople.

It is one of the most remote islands in the world, and was uninhabited when discovered by the Portuguese in 1502. It was an important stopover for ships sailing to Europe from Asia and South Africa for centuries. Napoleon was imprisoned there in exile by the British, as was Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo (for leading a Zulu army against British rule) and more than 5,000 Boers taken prisoner during the Second Boer War, including Piet Cronjé.

Saint Helena is Britain's second-oldest overseas territory after Bermuda.

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