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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A volcanic island in the southern Atlantic Ocean west of Angola. Together with Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, it forms the British dependency of Saint Helena, occupied by the British since the mid-1600s. Napoleon was in exile here from 1815 until his death in 1821. Jamestown is the capital. Population: 7,540.

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  • proper n. United Kingdom overseas territory in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Africa. Official name: Saint Helena and Dependencies.


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  • They haue offered in generall to the King to take no wages at all of him, if he will giue them leaue to discouer this citie, and the rich mountaines, and the passage to a sea or mighty Lake which they heare to be within foure and twenty dayes trauel from Saint Helena, which is in 32. degrees of latitude: and is that riuer which the French called Port-royal.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation. Vol. XIII. America. Part II.

  • He also found Saint Helena, the tiny British island in the South Atlantic off Angola where Napoleon was banished after having conquered, then lost, most of Europe in the early 1800s.

    Map exhibit at Bowie City Hall highlights planner's past

  • Their 2008 World Factbook ranks life expectancy in the United States at number 45, just ahead of Saint Helena, the island where Napoleon was sent to die.

    We Should Live So Long

  • Since today is the feast of St. Helena, I thought I would share another recipe containing basil since tradition says that sweet basil grew all over the hillside where Saint Helena discovered the Holy cross on which our Lord died.

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  • When, in the year 326, Saint Helena returned from the Holy Land, laden with relics, she had with her the most astonishing treasure: she had filled the entire hold of a ship with earth excavated from the holy places in Jerusalem.

    Laetare Sunday

  • The kings reigned, but ill at their ease, with the rock of Saint Helena on the horizon.

    Les Miserables

  • Saint Helenathere is no air connection to Saint Helena or Tristan da Cunha; an international airport for Saint Helena is in development for 2010


  • The British garrisoned the island in 1815 to prevent a rescue of Napoleon from Saint Helena and it served as a provisioning station for the Royal Navy's West Africa Squadron on anti-slavery patrol.


  • The island remained under Admiralty control until 1922, when it became a dependency of Saint Helena.


  • Tristan da Cunha is named after its Portuguese discoverer (1506); it was garrisoned by the British in 1816 to prevent any attempt to rescue Napoleon from Saint Helena.



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