The His­tory

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St He­lena’s his­tory is rich and fas­ci­nat­ing, span­ning over 500 years. Dis­cov­ered by the Por­tuguese in 1502, the is­land was pos­sessed by the Dutch and then be­came Bri­tish, ini­tially un­der the East In­dia Com­pany, then The Crown.

Un­til the open­ing of the Suez Canal, the is­land was of im­mense strate­gic im­por­tance for the Bri­tish. Due to its lo­ca­tion, the is­land played a vi­tal role in the abo­li­tion of slav­ery, and be­cause of its re­mote­ness has been a place of ex­ile for many, in­clud­ing 6,000 Bo­ers, Chief Dinizulu, Bahraini Princes, and of course the is­land’s most fa­mous ex­ile, Napoleon.

Fran­cis Plain cricket grounds and a coun­try cot­tage. Both im­ages by Ed Thorpe.

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