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The British dependency of Tristan da Cunha is 1320 miles from its nearest inhabited neighbour. This article describes what life is like on this remote volcano in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. My thanks to the former administrator of the island, Philip Johnson, for sharing his experiences.
When Rhodesia became the last African state to achieve independence from Britain in 1980, transforming itself into Zimbabwe in the process, the final curtain came down on the British Empire. But although the empire had breathed its last gasp, a curious ragbag of isolated regions remained under British jurisdiction.
Britain’s former colonies – now referred to as ‘dependencies’ – comprise just a handful of islands across the globe. These include Pitcairn Island in the Pacific Ocean, the British Indian Ocean Territory, various islands in the Caribbean, the Falkland Islands, and the St. Helena group in the Atlantic Ocean. Continue Reading