North America :: Clipperton Island
(possession of France)

Introduction ::Clipperton Island

    This isolated atoll was named for John CLIPPERTON, a pirate who was rumored to have made it his hideout early in the 18th century. Annexed by France in 1855 and claimed by the United States, it was seized by Mexico in 1897. Arbitration eventually awarded the island to France in 1931, which took possession in 1935.

Geography ::Clipperton Island

People and Society ::Clipperton Island

Government ::Clipperton Island

    conventional long form: none
    conventional short form: Clipperton Island
    local long form: none
    local short form: Ile Clipperton
    former: sometimes called Ile de la Passion
    possession of France; administered directly by the Minister of Overseas France
    the laws of France apply
    the flag of France is used

Economy ::Clipperton Island

    Although 115 species of fish have been identified in the territorial waters of Clipperton Island, the only economic activity is tuna fishing.