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Invasion!

St. Helena has only ever been successfully invaded once. Taken from “A History of the Island of St. Helena”, by T. H. Brooke, Esq., published in 1824 ...

Built Heritage

There is an abundance of interesting historic buildings on St Helena which you can explore.  In Jamestown alone, excluding the wharf, there are 18 Grade I List...

The Flax Industry

From 1907 until 1966 St. Helena’s flax industry was the engine of its economy. Now there is nothing left.  Prompted by the withdrawal of the Liberated Afric...

Famous Visitors

Throughout its history St. Helena has had few famous visitors. Below are some of them.   1588. SIR THOMAS CAVENDISH Sir Thomas Cavendish, 19t...

Famous Exiles

St. Helena’s role as a prison island started a long time before Napoleon. Portuguese Nobleman Fernão Lopez became a voluntary exile here as early as 1515, a...

Brief Overview

St. Helena has a recorded history spanning just over 500 years and is Britain’s second oldest colony (after Bermuda).  Discovered on 21st May 1502 by the G...
Boer Cemetery, St Helena Island

Boer Prisoners

From 1900 to 1902 St. Helena had to to house nearly 6,000 Boer prisoners-of-war.  The first shipment of 514 prisoners arrived on the 10th April 1900, includin...