Central America and Caribbean :: Navassa Island
(territory of the US)

Introduction ::Navassa Island

    This uninhabited island was claimed by the US in 1857 for its guano. Mining took place between 1865 and 1898. The lighthouse, built in 1917, was shut down in 1996 and administration of Navassa Island transferred from the US Coast Guard to the Department of the Interior. A 1998 scientific expedition to the island described it as a unique preserve of Caribbean biodiversity; the following year it became a National Wildlife Refuge and annual scientific expeditions have continued.

Geography ::Navassa Island

People and Society ::Navassa Island

    uninhabited
    note: transient Haitian fishermen and others camp on the island

Government ::Navassa Island

    conventional long form: none
    conventional short form: Navassa Island
    unorganized, unincorporated territory of the US; administered by the Fish and Wildlife Service, US Department of the Interior from the Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Refuge in Boqueron, Puerto Rico; in September 1996, the Coast Guard ceased operations and maintenance of Navassa Island Light, a 46-meter-tall lighthouse on the southern side of the island; there has also been a private claim advanced against the island
    the laws of the US, where applicable, apply
    none (territory of the US)
    the flag of the US is used

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