History

SLAVERY

St. Helena was colonised by the English in 1659, and at that time the use of slaves was commonplace. Slaves were first brought mostly from East Africa or Madag...

Discovery and naming

St. Helena Island is named after Saint Helena, a christian saint.  Saint Helena or Saint Helen (in Latin Flavia Iulia Helena Augusta), c.250 - c.330ad, was th...

The St Helena Regiment

For well over twenty years St. Helena was garrisoned by its own infantry regiment, Her Majesty’s St. Helena Regiment of Foot; the most popular corps to serv...

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte (15th August 1769 to 5th May 1821), also known as Emperor Napoleon I, was a military and political leader of France whose actions shaped ...

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...