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St. Helena (Jamestown)

A tiny island set in the tropical South Atlantic, 1,500 miles north-west of Cape Town, St Helena is only 47 square miles in area, with no harbour and no airport. It lies a lonely 1,200 miles from the west coast of Africa, a rugged volcanic island that boasts some suprisingly fertile pasture. The capital and port is Jamestown. First discovered by the Portuguese in 1502, and annexed by Britain 450 years ago, this lonely South Atlantic outpost was where the exiled Napoleon ended his days after defeat at Waterloo.