Thursday, June 4, 2015

Navassa Island

Slightly closer to Haiti than to Jamaica, Navassa Island is to the Caribbean what Nauru is to Australasia, except that here they call it guano, rather than phosphates or bird shit. The United States laid claim to it as long ago as 1865, and started mining the guano straight away. No one lives there, and the lighthouse put up for the safety of passing ships was taken out of service decades ago, so watch out if you're sailing missiles to Cuba! Scientific expeditions began in the late 1990s, and the island is now a National Wildlife Reserve, so there should be lots more guano to mine in about fifty thousand years.

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