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North America :: Clipperton Island
(possession of France)
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Clipperton Island
  • 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

  • Middle America, atoll in the North Pacific Ocean, 1,120 km southwest of Mexico
    10 17 N, 109 13 W
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    total: 6 sq km
    land: 6 sq km
    water: 0 sq km
    country comparison to the world: 247
    about 12 times the size of The Mall in Washington, DC
    0 km
    11.1 km
    territorial sea: 12 nm
    exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
    tropical; humid, average temperature 20-32 degrees Celsius, wet season (May to October)
    coral atoll
    lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
    highest point: Rocher Clipperton 29 m
    agricultural land: 0%
    arable land 0%; permanent crops 0%; permanent pasture 0%
    forest: 0%
    other: 100% (all coral) (2011 est.)
    the atoll reef is approximately 12 km (7.5 mi) in circumference; an effort to colonize the atoll in the early 20th century ended in disaster and was abandoned in 1917
  • People and Society :: CLIPPERTON ISLAND

  • uninhabited
  • Government :: CLIPPERTON ISLAND

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

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

  • none; offshore anchorage only

  • defense is the responsibility of France
  • Transnational Issues :: CLIPPERTON ISLAND

  • none