Port Egmont, Falkland Islands

On January 25, 1765, Port Egmont — the first British settlement in the Falkland Islands at the southern tip of South America — was founded. Called Puerto de la Cruzada in Spanish and Poil de la Croisade in French, Port Egmont  was located on Saunders Island and was named after the Earl of Egmont. Unaware of the French presence at Port Louis, British Commodore John Byron led an … Continue reading Port Egmont, Falkland Islands

St. Helena #118 (1938)

Saint Helena is a volcanic tropical island located in the South Atlantic Ocean on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, more than 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) from the nearest major landmass, 2,500 miles (4,000 km) east of Rio de Janeiro and 1,210 mies (1,950 km) west of the Cunene River, which marks the border between Namibia and Angola in southwestern Africa. The island, one of the most remote … Continue reading St. Helena #118 (1938)

Tristan da Cunha #16 (1954)

Tristan da Cunha, colloquially Tristan, is part of the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha. This includes Saint Helena and near-equatorial Ascension Island, some 2,318 miles (3,730 kilometers) to the north of Tristan. It is the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, lying in the South Atlantic Ocean 1,200 miles (2,000 km) from the nearest inhabited land, Saint Helena, … Continue reading Tristan da Cunha #16 (1954)

South Shetlands #5L1 (1944)

South Shetland Islands #5L1 (1944)

The South Shetland Islands are a group of Antarctic islands, lying about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of the Antarctic Peninsula, with a total area of 1,424 square miles (3,687 square kilometers). As a group of islands, the South Shetland Islands are located at 62°0′S 58°0′W. They are within the region 61° 00’–63° 37′ South, 53° 83’–62° 83′ West. The islands lie 580 miles (940 … Continue reading South Shetland Islands #5L1 (1944)

Ascension #46 (1944)

Ascension #46 (1944)

Ascension Island is an isolated volcanic island in the equatorial waters of the South Atlantic Ocean, roughly midway between the horn of South America and Africa, located around one thousand miles (1,600 kilometers) from the coast of Africa and 1,400 miles (2,250 kilometers) from the coast of Brazil, It is governed as part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da … Continue reading Ascension #46 (1944)