Top 10 Unusual Island Territories
The exploration of our seas and oceans have unearthed some fascinating island and archipelago finds. Subsequent claims of national jurisdiction sometimes fly in the face of apparent geographical proximity and make these idyllic destinations ever the more interesting.
The barren volcanic masses of Heard Island and McDonald Islands for example, though north of Antarctica and technically part of Australia, are actually closer to Madagascar. The globe is replete with countless territorial island quirks. Here are 10 that stand out as superb vacation destinations, some more unusual and random than others.
The unincorporated territory of the United States of America is a lush, verdant island in the Western South Pacific Ocean. Native inhabitants trace their history back over 4,000 years. With over 170,000 people, the largest island in Micronesia relies heavily on tourism from Japan and U.S. Department of Defense installations.
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