Tristan da Cunha

Tristan da Cunha

[tris-tuhn duh koo-nuh, koon-yuh]
noun
a group of four volcanic islands in the S Atlantic, belonging to St. Helena. 40 sq. mi. (104 sq. km).
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Tristan da Cunha (də ˈkuːnjə)
 
n
a group of four small volcanic islands in the S Atlantic, about halfway between South Africa and South America: comprises the main island of Tristan and the uninhabited islands of Gough, Inaccessible, and Nightingale; discovered in 1506 by the Portuguese admiral Tristão da Cunha; annexed to Britain in 1816; whole population of Tristan evacuated for two years after the volcanic eruption of 1961. Pop: 284 (2003 est). Area: about 100 sq km (40 sq miles)

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tristan da cunha

island, island group, and dependency of the British overseas territory of St. Helena, in the South Atlantic Ocean about midway between southern Africa and South America. The territory consists of six small islands, of which five-Tristan da Cunha, Inaccessible, Nightingale, Middle, and Stoltenhoff-form an island group and the sixth, Gough, lies about 200 miles (320 km) south-southeast of the group. The territory of Tristan da Cunha is located approximately 1,300 miles (2,100 km) to the north of St. Helena. Inaccessible, Nightingale, Middle, and Stoltenhoff are uninhabited, while a weather station is manned on Gough Island.

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