Fun factual information on Clipperton Island

General information on Clipperton Island

The name of the island comes from a pirate called John CLIPPERTON who regularly came on the island to hide his spoils in the 18th century. First a possession of France in the 19th century, then of Mexico at the beginning of the 20th century’ it finally became a French possession in 1935.

Geographical Point of Interest

Geographical Position: Mid-America, atoll in the Pacific Ocean, southwest of Mexico

Map Ref Latitude & Longitude 10 degrees 17’ North, 109 degrees 13 West

Total Land & Sea Area: Total: 5 square kms Sea Area: 0 square kms land area: 5 square kms

Land boundaries: 0 kms Coastal Length: 10 kms

Climatological Conditions

Tropical and particularly humid

Highest & Lowest Elevations: Lowest elevation: Pacific Ocean 0 meters highest point: Rocher Clipperton 30 meters

Natural resources: Angle Land use: arable land area: 0 percent permanent crops: none other: 100 percent Irrigated land area: 0 square kms

Geographical Point of Interest

Population

none

People: Clipperton Island

Government

As a French possession the island is governed by France by a high commissioner of the Republic in French Polynesia. Legal system: The legal system of France

Economy information on Clipperton Island:

Economy - overview: Only tuna fishing despite the presence of more than a hundred other species of fish

Military information on Clipperton Island

France is responsible of the defense of the island.

International Issues Disputes - international: none


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