Is Tristan Da Cunha a Country?

I'm looking for more information about the place "Tristan Da Cunha." Is Tristan Da Cunha a country by itself or does it belong to an established territory? What's the currency of the place?

asked by Bann in Geography | 3260 views | 09-23-2009 at 11:49 PM

Tristan Da Cunha is not in a country. It is an island in the South Pacific. It is governed by the United Kingdom.
It is the remotest island in the World, it lies 1,750 miles from its nearest land (South Africa) and over 2,000 miles away from South America.

Tristan was first discovered in 1506 by the the Portuguese sailor Tristão da Cunha, however since Tristan's islands are hard to access and due to the rough seas, Tristão was unable to land on Tristan. Despite this, Tristão named the island Ilha de Tristão da Cunha (roughly 'The islands of Tristão da Cunha'), before being modified to Tristan Da Cunha at a later date.

This remote island is a dependency of the British Overseas Terrority of Saint Helena. Tristan Da Cunha's motto is "Our faith is our strength", and its National Anthem is the British God Save The Queen. The island's capital (and most populated city) is Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, more commonly called just Edinburgh. In 2005, the British mail company Royal Mail assigned Tristan the post-code of TDCU 1ZZ - this was to counter the fact that mail was getting lost because the island had no post-code and also the capital - Edinburgh - was being confused with the Scottish city Edinburgh.

The territory consists of three islands - Tristan Da Cunha (aprox. 38 square miles), the uninhabited Nightingale Islands, and the officially declared wildlife reserves of Inaccessible Island and Gough Island.

Tristan was first discovered in 1506 by the the Portuguese sailor Tristão da Cunha, however since Tristan's islands are hard to access and due to the rough seas, Tristão was unable to land on Tristan. Despite this, Tristão named the island Ilha de Tristão da Cunha (roughly 'The islands of Tristão da Cunha'), before being modified to Tristan Da Cunha at a later date.

This remote island is a dependency of the British Overseas Terrority of Saint Helena. Tristan Da Cunha's motto is "Our faith is our strength", and its National Anthem is the British God Save The Queen. The island's capital (and most populated city) is Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, more commonly called just Edinburgh. In 2005, the British mail company Royal Mail assigned Tristan the post-code of TDCU 1ZZ - this was to counter the fact that mail was getting lost because the island had no post-code and also the capital - Edinburgh - was being confused with the Scottish city Edinburgh.

The territory consists of three islands - Tristan Da Cunha (aprox. 38 square miles), the uninhabited Nightingale Islands, and the officially declared wildlife reserves of Inaccessible Island and Gough Island.

answered by Fred | 09-23-2009 at 11:51 PM

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