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Ascension Island lies just to the south of the equator about 700 miles north of where I go to school on St.Helena and about 3000 miles from my Home on Tristan da Cunha. The island was discovered in 1501 by Juan da Nova Castella, on his way to India. He called it Conception. He also discovered St. Helena on his return. It was rediscovered in 1503 by Alfonso d'Alberquerque, on Ascension Day, which accounts for its name. It seems he got a little lost on his way to New Mexico to eat hot spicy Mexican food. In fact partially true Alberquerque was looking for the spice trade route
Ascension is in fact a mountain top which rises 10,000ft from the ocean floor just to the west of the mid-Atlantic Ridge and just like the rest of the Islands in this ridge such as Iceland. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is a weak point (I’m learning this studying for my A level in Geography) in the earth's crust, which still has volcanic activity. My family for example had to move to England and get all wet and soggy for two years when Tristan da Cunha blew its top in 1961.
The island is about 90 sq km in area and which developed over three different periods of volcanically active periods (much like Hawaii Island—also just learned that (hope it’s a test question). The oldest and highest part of the island is Green Mountain at 2800 feet. This was the really big volcano long long ago. The Devil's Cauldron ( I promise a picture later) is a large volcanic crater several hundred yards across. Red Hill Mountain was formed in the second stage of lava activity; the third and youngest are the peaks are Sisters Peak and Perfect crater. These are almost perfect craters (well there goes another name association and they are still almost perfect cones which are only about 600 years old. Well now your all asleep. I would like to thank Stephen C Fowler for much of the history and the photos from classmates at Two Boat School (so you will see real Island life), the Islander Newspaper, Obsidian Group, Cedric Henry, Barry Weaver, Dr Paul (Ekahau), the admistrator and gov of Ascension Island
Ascension is one of three parts of the Self Governing British Territory of St Helena and Dependencies. The people who live on Ascension are know as Saints just as they are in St Helena. They joke that they will get to heaven before the other Saints as they are already in Ascension.
The Saints are your future world we are a blend of everyone. My Ancestors were Dutch mixed with Malaysian and Indonesians from the spice trade who had children that than married with mixed Europeans and Africans from the slave trade who in turn married Scottish sailors, English solders and American whalers. (gives a whole new meaning to sperm whaling)
In the early 1820s a report of the place at this time is as fellow "The population at the period of my arrival consisted of about 140 Europeans, principally of the Royal Marine Corps, and 76 colored women from Cape town, a few white women (the wives of non-commissioned officers and privates of the Royal Marines, black women and brown children. I guess there was no need to count the black women and brown children.
On the 3rd of April 1829, in honour (or honor as one would say in LA) of the King's birthday, the settlement was named - Georgetown. Some honour!
Bate's Brandreth is really the Father of Ascension his layout of Georgetown can still be seen today. The officer’s quarters stretched from the Barracks (the Exiles Club) to the Hospital. It was known as Scandal Terrace! Teapot Alley was the site of the NCOs quarters, and that ran from Long Beach along the line of the present road by the Church. Private's quarters were in Vindictive Row, probably the only street that we can no longer identify. The buildings created by Bate and his men have stood the test of time. The tank, the basic fort foundations, the barracks and the hospital all remain. Most of the houses have been rebuilt, although some have reused internal walls. I say most, as part of one house still remains. All of the houses in Scandal Terrace had separate kitchens and servant quarters, and one, in front of Bungalow number 3 still remains, now known as Bungalow 98, it is still in use today, the home of Sue and Neil MacFall. So that was the effect of a visionary; large stone buildings on an airy plateau, and a town layout that has stood the test of time. The water system was even more amazing; but more of that another time! Unfortunately, Bate did not live to see the end of his labour. He died on the 15th of April 1838, of a virulent influenza, which also killed many of the garrison. No other commander was ever to equal Bate in enthusiasm or drive, and none has left such a lasting legacy.
He lies in Georgetown's Deadmans Beach Cemetery. May he rest in peace
Well a lot happen in between but in 1941 the Yankees invaded, as the Island was needed as an Airport to get to where the action was in world war two. They built a lot of stuff like our airstrip at Mars Bay and contributed to the gene pool like the sperm whalers than left. They came back in 1957 at that time Georgetown was described as having about 250 people 66 from the UK, 147 Saints and about 50 children. In early 1960 (at the time of the Cuban Crisis one) GI who was friends with a Saint family commented about a squabble over Wide-awake eggs being collected by different Saint families said that Kennedy and Kruschoff did not see eye to eye, and that they were having a right old argument. It seemed to him that arguments and people not seeing eye to eye was exactly what was happening in that area of Georgetown, and so he nicknamed it Cuba. The name stuck, and Cuba it has been ever since
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