Tristan Da Cunha, World's Most Remote Settlement: VIDEO

This isn't gay-related at all -- it'll be a long time before there's a GLCC on Tristan Da Cunha -- but it's rather fascinating. Tristan is a small volcanic island in the southern Atlantic more than 1,500 miles from the nearest inhabited land, which happens to be South Africa. (Wikipedia says it's 1,750 miles. Anyway, it's far.) Tristan's been continually occupied since 1816 -- initially by British marines, who were gradually replaced by a population of civilian farmers. The island is now home to approximately 300 souls, all subjects of the British crown. Tristan's got one police officer, one doctor, a goodly number of goats, and no airstrip: Travel to and from the island is by boat, and even that's often impossible due to regularly inclement seas. 

It's got problems. Severely injured people must be rescued by fishing boats and brought to Cape Town. Children are educated only to the age of 15, and a decline in demand for Tristan's primary export -- crayfish -- means there's little money to improve the island's educational capacities. And the society's more-or-less closed to new members, which causes some genetic trouble.

But -- man! The island's flagrantly, ostentatiously beautiful, in that same vulcan, treeless way that Iceland is beautiful. And its people seem lovely. Andrew Evans, a "National Geographic Traveler," visited the island this month and recorded the following brief video essay, viewable AFTER THE JUMP ...

(Also worth noting: Andrew Evans has lately shot a video of baby seals being "fierce." The guy's got a fun life.)


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  1. Atlantis should go here instead of the homophobic islands in the Caribbean.

    Posted by: chasmader | Mar 24, 2012 9:35:32 AM

  2. Most remote for me: I've been to Brazil's Fernando de Noronha which is quite isolated and they limit the number of visitors but it has an airport (a jet may have to circle while they clear cows off the runway) and you meet Germans, Italians, Brits, and of course Brazilians. I had dinner (family style for guests at our pousada) with Matt Dillon!

    Posted by: MarkUs | Mar 24, 2012 11:15:51 AM

  3. I would love to take the family there for a vacation. Wonder if they are gay-friendly? Be interesting to see a 30 minute documentary or perhaps a new reality-type sitcom - done the way those fine small town British sitcoms are with romance, mystery, comedy and drama. Place looks beautiful.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Mar 24, 2012 12:12:07 PM

  4. I'm glad it's getting some recognition. Not many know about it. I think it used to have trees, but they were cut down a long time ago.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 24, 2012 12:52:45 PM

  5. anon

    a quick google Phylica arborea dominated the island an 18-21 foot shrubby tree

    Posted by: say what | Mar 24, 2012 1:43:08 PM

  6. Fascinating. And look at the related videos about asthma research on the island. Due to the isolated population, they were able to find the single gene that is responsible for asthma and, in the future, possibly a way to cure it.

    It would be interesting to know if anyone had ever been gay. If not, could that also provide some sort of genetic discovery?

    Also, my mind reels with what movie plots could be set here: an alien lands here to learn about Earth. There is a murder with only 30 possible suspects. And a comedy also seems possible...

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Mar 24, 2012 5:34:24 PM

  7. GR8GUYCA - Like your thoughts...or this is where they could set up my Christian Reparative Therapy Group since Jesus is so far away.

    Posted by: uffda | Mar 24, 2012 9:33:46 PM

  8. Cool -- I'm mildly obsessed with tiny and remote places like this one, so thanks for posting this!

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 25, 2012 11:21:59 AM

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