Tristan da Cunha was discovered in 1506, but the first British settlers only arrived in the 19th century.
Tristan da Cunha It is a British archipelago, consisting of three islands, located in the South Atlantic. The largest island is homonymous and is the only one to have a population, then there are the uninhabited Inaccessible Island and Nightingale Island.
The closest human settlement than the 245 inhabitants Tristan da Cunha is 2,173 km away, the island of St. Helena. Getting to this place is very difficult. Not for nothing has it been cataloged as the inhabited place more remote of the world for the Guinness record.
It is so difficult to reach this island in the Atlantic Ocean because it does not have an airport. Also, the only way to do this is through a fishing boat from South Africa that leaves about 10 times a year.
The island has 98 km2 and 245 inhabitants.
a remote island
How to visit the island? First you need to fly to Cape Town, South Africa, and then find a sailboat that will go there. You shouldn’t miss it, because in that case you’ll have to wait almost a month for another one to come out.
After navigate on occasion 18 days In one of the most difficult waters on the planet, you have to wait for the rough sea to calm down and for the winds and fog to allow the crew to descend, as there are no heavenly beaches. Once on the island, you will have to go towards Edinburgh of the Seven Seasthe capital of tristan from Coins.
This city is the only inhabited place in the 98 km2 of the island. Here is all the humanity that can be found in the middle of nowhere. I’m 245 people. Each of them is descended from the same colonists. That’s why it’s just there six surnames: Lavarello, Repetto, Rogers, Swain, Green and Glass.
Tristan da Cunha is a gigantic volcano that erupted in 1961.
245 inhabitants and only six surnames
133 women and 112 men, according to the latest count, stroll the quiet streets of Edinburgh of the seven seas. Where there are no traffic lights or horns, where no one struggles to cross a corner first and where no one locks the doors before exiting. Insecurity is something sad they only watch on television.
The count of the things that can be found on the island if you go as a tourist is as follows: a Coffee bara room for social events, two churchesthree cemeteries, an internet cafe and a pub where everyone gets together after work: The albatross. They also have a Hospital and a small school.
There are only two people who were not born on the island and who currently live there, a man and a woman who married islanders a few years ago and decided to stay. Tristan da Cunha. On the other hand, there is a doctor and an ophthalmologist who visit the island every year to provide checkups for the locals.
The most remote inhabited island in the world. It has no airport and is surrounded by cliffs almost 600 meters high.
a silent place
The islands are silent. Away from the hustle and bustle, the only thing you can hear is the whistle of the wind and the occasional lowing of a cow on the main island. “It’s so quiet you can hear the grass grow,” a local woman tells the BBC. While reaffirming the safety and the tranquillity own home and highlights the poor internet connection on the island.
Perhaps one of the worst moments that the locals had to experience was the rash from volcano in 1961. Thus, they had to be brought to the UK and faced life in a society they were not used to. Some have died of colds, as so long in solitary confinement has left them vulnerable to common diseases. Most of the population decided to return to the island in 1963.
Accessible only by fishing boats. It takes 18 days of navigation.
On the other hand, although English is spoken Tristan da Cunhaafter many years of isolation, a particular dialect. It has been described by writer Simon Winchester as “a sonic fusion of 19th century counties and language” influenced by Italian and the Afrikaans (language of South Africa and Namibia).
The export from lobsters and the agriculture It is the main occupation of the islanders. within the curiosity most relevant of this remote place are the following: the mobile phones they arrived in 2007, the TV arrived in 2001, there is no broadband internet service and each inhabitant consumes an average of fifty liters whiskey year.