What are the odds? Another island flag featuring the Union Jack AND spiny lobsters! (See Turks and Caicos.) Tristan da Cunha is an island group in the South Atlantic Ocean that’s impossibly distant and desolate. Discovered by a Portuguese sailor who never landed, yet named the island after himself, Tristan da Cunha has always been halfway to nowhere. It’s a dependency of the territory of St. Helena (where Napoleon died in exile) and one of the islets in the archepelago is called Inaccessible Island. The first man to live there permanently arrived in 1810, and died in a boating accident in 1812. As noted on the flag, the major industry on Tristan da Cunha is lobstering. Sheep and potatoes also are dabbled in. The island’s only power plant was destroyed in February, leaving the 271 residents without electricity even today. Genetic illnesses are common on Tristan da Cunha, as all residents are closely related. A viral outbreak caused contagious asthma around Christmastime last year. I could make fun of their flag, but life already seems impossibly bleak. So I’ll just leave it here.
Tristan da Cunha