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Edinburgh of the Seven Seas

By Linda Tancs

The world’s remotest inhabited island, Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic (a U.K. overseas territory) has only one village—the aptly-enough named Edinburgh of the Seven Seas. Arguably as far from the madding crowd as one can get, it’s home to less than 300 citizens. An active volcanic island with rare wildlife, the nearest mainland city is Cape Town, South Africa, from which about nine ships depart for the island each year.

The Other Edinburgh

By Linda Tancs

Amidst the rough waters of the far South Atlantic lies Tristan da Cunha, a tiny island sharing nature’s resources with the neighboring albatrosses and giant crawfish. The most remote inhabited island in the world, this British possession is settled in its capital–and really only–locale, the very swashbuckling-sounding Edinburgh-of-the-Seven-Seas. Originally self-named by the Portuguese explorer Tristão da Cunha, the islanders live a peaceful life off the land and sea, exporting crawfish and tending to their livestock in the shadow of volcanic St. Mary’s Peak. Ah, the simple life. Alas, you can’t make it your own; outsiders can’t live or invest there. You’ll have to settle for a cruise stop, instead.

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