South Georgia Island

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South Georgia
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Central South Georgia
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Map of South Georgia Island
Geography
Location South Atlantic
Archipelago South Georgia group
Length 167.4 km (104.02 mi)
Width 37 km (23 mi)
Highest elevation 2,934 m (9,626 ft)
Highest point Mount Paget
Largest settlement Grytviken

South Georgia is an island in the South Atlantic Ocean that is part of the British Overseas territory of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The main settlement is Grytviken. South Georgia is 167.4 kilometres (104 mi) long and 1.4 to 37 km (0.9 to 23.0 miles) wide.[1] It is about 830 km (520 mi) north-east of Coronation Island and 550 km (340 mi) north-west from Zavodovski Island, the nearest South Sandwich island.

Church at Grytviken

The Island of South Georgia is said to have been first sighted in 1675 by Anthony de la Roché, a London merchant, and was named Roche Island on a number of early maps. It was sighted by a commercial Spanish ship named León operating out of Saint-Malo on 28 June or 29 June 1756.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 2017-07-18. 
  2. ^ "Historia General de las Relaciones Exteriores de la República Argentina: Georgias del Sur" [General History of Foreign Relations of the Argentine Republic: South Georgia Islands]. www.argentina-rree.com (in Spanish). Instituto Iberoamérica y el Mundo. Retrieved 2017-07-18. 
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