• Capital: Georgetown

Ascension Island is governed as part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

Facts

  • Population; 806
  • Currency: Saint Helena pound
  • Time zone: UTCโ  (GMT)

Geography

  • Area: 88 km2 (34 sq mi)
  • Ascension Island is an island, south of the Equator in the South Atlantic Ocean.
    • About 1,600 kilometres (1,000 mi) from the coast of Africa and 2,250 kilometres (1,400 mi) from Brazil

Notes

  • Ascension was not continually inhabited until 1815 when Napoleon Bonaparte was imprisoned on St Helena.
  • The British occupied Ascension to prevent the French from using the Island as an escape.
  • The Victoria Marines worked to make the Island habitable, introducing a variety of plants and animals. Buildings, which still stand, were erected up the Mountain and in the Garrison, now called Georgetown.
  • British sovereignty was never challenged.

Overlanding

  • Adventure awaits, but almost zero possibility of overlanding

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