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Mar. 21 – JAMESTOWN, ST. HELENA

BRITISH OVERSEAS PROTECTORATE

sunny 75 °F
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In 1815 the British sent a defeated Napoleon to this remote volcanic island to live out his days in exile.

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Jamestown is the only port and it is nestled between the towering cliffs of the James Valley.

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The seas were calm enough for us to safely tender ashore.

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See the stairway on the cliff? Called Jacob’s Ladder, it was built in the 1800’s up Ladder Hill to Ladder Hill Fort.

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A drive along steep switch-back roads and then a walk on a beautiful path led us to Napoleon’s now empty tomb.

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He was buried here in 1821 and in 1840 his body was brought to Paris.

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Napoleon lived in Longwood House, now a museum with a wealth of memorabilia.

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Exposed cliffs and lush interior vegetation create a remarkable contrast.

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We saw the Governor’s house

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And met the Island’s oldest resident Jonathan the tortoise.

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Driving to the upper town -

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To decide whether to climb down…….

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Um, no. But – many from the ship did!

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Posted by Swenigale 08:48 Archived in St Helena

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