Amsterdam: island in the Indian Ocean
IsolatedAmsterdam - also known as New Amsterdam - is seen as one of the most remote places on our planet. It is particularly far from the mainland today. However, it is an important breeding ground for ocean birds. There are also many sea elephants and an albatross species can be found that only occurs here. Amsterdam is also one of the few islands in the southern Indian Ocean where trees grow.
Juan Sebastián de ElcanoThe island of Amsterdam was discovered on March 18, 1522 by Juan Sebastián de Elcano, who was then on board the ship 'the Victoria'. He mentioned the island of St. Paul. But no matter how often he tried, he was unable to moor on the island.
The first Dutchman was visited by St. Paul was Haevick Claeszoon, in 1618. In the same year, Amsterdam was also seen by the Dutch for the first time. The island was described by Klaas Hermansz, who saw it in 1623. On 17 June 1633, Anthonie van Diemen sailed between Sint-Paul and a nearby island - with the slightly different name Saint-Paul. He gave Sint-Paul the name of his ship: Nieuw Amsterdam.