This volcanic island was once a regular staging post for ships to South Africa. More recently it became known for its involvement in the Falklands war. Watch for frigate-birds swooping down to catch flying-fish as you arrive at this far-flung strategic British island colony and key RAF staging-post, with its hi-tech satellite relay station.
Ascension Island is part of the British dependency of St Helena (which also includes St Helena and the Tristan da Cunha group), in the South Atlantic Ocean, about midway between Africa and South America. It is about 700 miles north-west of St Helena. The small, volcanic island, with an area of 88 sq km (34 sq miles), was sighted by the Portuguese in 1501, but it was uninhabited until the exile of Napoleon to St Helena in 1815, when the British established a garrison here to guard against his escape. The island boasts long stretches of beautiful white sand beaches and huge numbers of sea turtles and sooty terns breed on the island. The offshore islets are home to boobies, frigate birds, boatswain birds, petrels and noddies. Georgetown is the main settlement and you can visit the Museum or go further afield to see the volcanic fumaroles - there are 44 distinct volcanic craters on Ascension.
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