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|St Helena Island is one of the world’s best kept secrets. It rose into the world more than fifteen million years ago from the floor of the South Atlantic Ocean, at a point 1,200 miles from the south-west coast of Africa and 1,800 miles from
South America. The once-active volcanic island has been extinct for many millions of years and has now drifted more than 400 miles from the mid-Atlantic seismic fault line.
The island was first discovered in 1502 by the Portuguese navigator Joan da Nova. Since then the rocky outpost has accumulated 500 years of rich history and varied history, with its most famous inhabitant being Napoleon Bonaparte, who was exiled to the island in 1815 and remained there until his death in 1821. Also exiled to the Island in 1890 was the Zulu Chief, Dinizulu and 6000 Boer prisoners between 1900 and 1903 held by the British during the Anglo-Boer conflicts in South Africa. Other famous visitors include Captain Cook, Charles Darwin and Edmund Halley.
St Helena has been described as 'an emerald set in bronze' a reference to the sharp contrast of the lush green interior to the rugged and dry coastal perimeter. It is an island full of natural wonder. Forbidding steep cliffs are punctuated by deep valleys sloping from the central ridges of the island. Inshore the terrain offers an aesthetic feast. Vegetation changes spectacularly across short distances, from lush subtropical forest, rolling hills and grasslands to rocky hills and towering outcrops, a breathtaking panorama of nature in all its glory. Safeguarding this treasure are the pristine sub tropical waters around the coast just waiting to be explored.
The warmth of the St Helenian people is noticed by all visitors. A smile, a wave and a friendly hello will leave you in no doubt that you are welcome to share the delights of the island they call home.
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