Saint Helena

środa, 17 sierpnia 2016

Saint Helena is a volcanic tropical island in the South Atlantic Ocean, 4,000 km east of Rio de Janeiro and 1,950 km west of the Cunene River, which marks the border between Namibia and Angola in southwestern Africa. It is part of the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

Did you know that:
1. It was named after Saint Helena of Constantinople, the consort of Roman emperor Constantius Chlorus and mother of Constantine the Great.
2. Saint Helena has only one newspaper, one radio station and one internet service provider.
3. It is now Britain’s second oldest remaining Overseas Territory, after Bermuda.
4. It is the only place on earth where the mating of whale sharks has been seen by humans.
5. The British used Saint Helena as a prison for both Napoleon and some 5,000 Boer War captives.

French Guiana

French Guiana is an overseas department and region of France, located on the north Atlantic coast of South America in the Guyanas. It borders Brazil to the east and south, and Suriname to the west. By land area, it is the second largest region of France and the largest outermost region within the European Union.

Did you know that:
1. Cayenne pepper is named after Cayenne, the capital of French Guiana.
2. French Guiana has numerous coastal beaches that are popular nesting sites for turtles. The Leatherback turtle in particular is very fond of this region’s shoreline. It is one of the largest nesting sites for this turtle anywhere in the world.
3. French Guiana was the location of penal settlements from the middle of the nineteenth century until the middle of the twentieth century.
4. The European Space Centre is located at Kourou in French Guiana.