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Ascension Island

Ascension Island

English Ascension Island - Ascension Island

Ascension Island is an island in the South Atlantic Ocean, east from ► Brazil and around 1,000 miles (1,600 km) from the coast of ► Africa. It is a dependency of the British overseas territory of ► Saint Helena, which is 800 miles (1,287 km) to the south east. The Island is named after the day of its recorded discovery, Ascension Day.

Short name Ascension Island
Official name Ascension Island
Status Dependency of the British overseas territory of ► Saint Helena, British since 1815
Location South Atlantic Ocean
Capital Georgetown
Population 806 inhabitants
Area 91 km²
Major language(s) English
Major religion(s) n.a.
More information Ascension Island, Geography of Ascension Island, History of Ascension Island and Politics of Ascension Island
More images Ascension Island - Ascension Island (Category).

General maps

Location of Ascension Island
Map of Ascension Island
Topographic map of Ascension Island
Detailed map of Ascension Island

History maps

This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day Ascension Island, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day Ascension Island.

The island of Ascension is discovered by the Portuguese explorer João da Nova Castella on Ascension Day of 1501. In 1815 the United Kingdom takes possession of the island of Ascension. The island is annexed in 1922 to Saint Helena as an dependency.

Satellite maps

Satellite image of Ascension Island in 2010

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