Far out in the Atlantic, Saint Helena is as isolated as it comes. Nearly 2500 miles (4000 kilometers) from the nearest land, the island was never inhabited by native people.
When discovered by the Portuguese in 1502, they were astounded to find a fertile island with abundant fresh water. They brought in livestock, but never established a permanent town. Since then, Saint Helena became a stopping off point for ships en route across the sea. The English settled the island in 1659, bringing with them slaves and soldiers.
Jamestown still remains, and most of the nearly 4,500 people living on the island are the descendants of slaves and settlers, alike.
Climb the tantalizing Jacob’s Ladder, an ascension that heads up to give you breathtaking views of the city. Huffing and puffing, you will be amazed at the panoramic vista, certainly worth the hike.
Another spot to stop during your time in Saint Helena is the grave of Napoleon Bonaparte. Exiled here, he spent his final days on the island. Not so bad of an end, really.
There is only one way to get to Saint Helena is via the RMS Helena, departing from Cape Town, South Africa. This lovely ride doesn’t come cheap, though there is economy accommodation available to those on a stricter budget.
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